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Famous Captain of the Confederate Navy 

480 MAFFITT, Capt. John N., Nautilus, or Cruising 
under Canvas, 1871; Life & Services of, by his 
widow, Emma M. Maffitt. Illust., 1906; 2 Vols., 
N. Y., 1871-1906. $10.00 

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6 Our Hero ordered to the Nautilus. A Dive into the Reefer's Den. 
</} Old Bruin in Command. Searching 1 for Deserters. How a 
^ Parson was lime-juiced. A Desperate IJand-to-hand Conflict. 
*: Lieutenant Hilarity. Quarter-deck Justice 11 


Saturday Night at Sea. The Reefers over the Punch Bowl. 
^ Sweethearts and Wives, and Home, Sweet Home. Revelry 

~fa Within, and a Gale blowing up Without 27 



A Squall in the Gulf Stream. Man Overboard. The Drowned 

Officer and the Gloom-shrouded ship. Paul's Night Watch. 

O Norris's Reminiscences of his Lost Friend. Love in the Trop- 

^ ics. A Sighing Sailor. A Beautiful Scnorita and a Scowling 

Rival Of course 31 



The Ball on Shore. Love-making on the Light Fantastic Toe. 
The Scowling Rival again. Threats and Maledictions. A 
Baffled Assassin. Billy Blowhard disciplines the Boat's Crew, 44 


x A Tender Scene. Popping the Question before Breakfast. The 
Lieutenant is accepted. The Don approves, and Everybody is 
Happy Excepting the Rival 50 




Parting by Moonlight. Difficulties attending the Pursuit of Matri 
mony in Tropical Climates. The Inevitable Rival interferes, 
and Romance ends in a Tragedy 58 


A Startling Discovery. The Ghost in the Commodore's Gig. 
How a Brave Man struggled with a Tornado. Even Bruin 
melts at the Recital 63 


The Hurricane in Mid Ocean. A Plucky Old Commodore. The 
Nautilus encounters an Iceberg. Narrow Escape from De 
struction. The Sinking Merchantman and the Timely Rescue. 
Gibraltar. Arrival at Port Mahon 69 


Minorca visited. How the Sailors are inveigled by Signboards. 
Malta, and Courtesies from John Bull. The Nautilus among 
the Isles of Greece. The Midshipmen in Athens. Humilia 
tions over the Past amid the Ruins of the Acropolis 84 


A King and Queen come on Board. Paul dances with Her Majesty, 
and performs other Gallant Services, and gets an Invitation to 
the Palace. A Melancholy Episode. Duel between Midship 
men. One killed and the Other heart-broken. The Code of 
Honor in the Old Navy 90 


Reminiscences of a Passed Midshipman. The Troubles of a too 
susceptible Heart. Love and a Banker's Daughter. Court 
ing a Brown-stone Front. Melody Succeeded by Defeat and 
a Brick-bat , 99 



Still in pursuit of a Wife. Courting a Grocery Shop. Lofty 
Vaulting and Embarrassing Contretemps. The Soft Passion 
extinguished in Soft Soap Ill 


The Fleet arrived at Malaga. A Night at the Governor's Palace. 
Whist for the Old People, and Spooneying for the Young 
Ones. Two Beautiful Sisters catch a Young Sioux Chief. 
Interesting Discourse on Brotherly Affection 124 


The Frigate anchors in the Tagus. Marriage of Prince Saxe Coburg 
and Donna Maria of Portugal. The Masque at the San Carlo. 
Our Middies in the Characters of Comanches. Grand En 
counter with Polar Bears. Great Excitement and Triumphant 
Success of Lo and his Squaw 136 


Courtesies exchanged with the English Middies. The Way a 
Blockhead won Promotion. Malaga and the Governor's Daugh 
ters again. A Week of Elysium, and a Parting full of Fore 
bodings 146 


A New Leander. A Perilous Swim for a Faithless Damsel. Dis 
heartening Consequences of making Love in Wet Clothes. 
The Navy Yard and Napoleon's Ship 156 


Inspection Day on Board. A Practical Joke on the Commodore. 
How the Galley was whitewashed. A Real Lord visits the 
Ship. Paul falls in Love with his Daughter. One of the 
most Sentimental Chapters in the Book 1G2 



The Cruisers in Rome. A Ball at the Grand Opera. Pembrook's 
Vision on the Stairway. A Startling Denoument. The Lost 
Found. The Dead Alive. Sequel to the Romance of Zebara, 176 



A Journey in the Naples Diligence. Adventure at a Frontier Inn. 
An Irruption of Brigands. The Ruse of a Chemist. On 
Shipboard again. More Love Yarns in the Abaft 182 


The Nuptials of Pembrook and his Spanish Beauty. A Ceremony 
at the Old Cathedral The Knot spliced again on Board the 
Nautilus. A Visit from Neptune and his Court. The Most 
Unique Marriage in Naval History. A Gorgeous Closing Night 
Scene 200 


Gifts to the Bride. Embarrassing Demonstrations from the Old 
Salts. Pembrook parts from his Shipmates. A Fair Wind, 
and Malta in Sight. News from Malaga 215 


The Holy Land, and the Land of the Pharaohs. Palace Life in 
Cairo. Adventures of a Dragoman. Peculiar Popular Amuse 
ments in the Streets of Boulac 220 


The Story-teller of Boulac. Novel Mode of Out-door Entertain 
ment in the Orient. A Tender Romance of Ispahan. The 
Loves of Asdrubal and Zeluma. How a Peasant dared to 
adore a Princess, and enter the Lists for her Hand 225 



A Gala Day in Ispahan. The Tournament. Peasant against 
Prince. Asdrubal's Triumph. The Victor crowned by the 
Fair Zeluxna. Departure of Prince Huron in Anger 244 


The Old King dies and Huron declares War. Consternation in Is 
pahan. Wanted A Commander-in-chief. Asdrubal applies 
for the Situation, and is Commissioned. Grand 
Combat and Victory for the Bight Side 255 


Zeluma resolves to marry her General Commanding. A Musty old 
Law interposes. Grief in Court Circles. The Hermit turns 
up with a Revelation. Asdrubal the Rightful King of Farris- 
tan. The Difficulty settled, and the Story winds up happily, 207 


Port Mahon once more. The Roefers' Mess broken up. A Part 
ing Supper at Catchio's. Tom Valze's Green Baize. "Mala 
Fortuna." The Gamester of Thirty Years 274 


A Disappointment at Malaga. The Governor dead, and his 
Daughters gone. Alarming Rumors. Paul searches the City. 
Rescue of Carmina and Zara 281 


Carmina's Narrative. The Pleasures of Living in Spain. Charac 
teristic Barbarity. Homeless and under the Ban. America to 

the Rescue. Sympathy from ' ' Old Blowhard " 291 




Unexpected Retribution. A Card-party at the English Consul's. 
Captain Walford's Duel. Tardy Justice to the Living and 
Dead. Paul's Correspondence with the Pearls of Malaga 307 


Reminiscences of a Veteran Naval Officer. Norfolk and its Fair 
Beau-catchers in the Olden Time. Spooney Midshipmen Half 
a Century ago. Walford's First Love. Paul goes to Balti 
more for Examination. Garlic Billy's Revenge 315 


Paul in New York. An Old Friend turns up. Mr. Randal's Ex 
citing Narration of Matrimonial Adventures. Like all Heroes 
in Novels he rescues a Young Woman from a Burning Build 
ing. Fortunately it is Emily. A Happy Reunion, under 
Pleasant Auspices 300 

Sad News from England. Paul's Distress. Return to Virginia. . . 343 


Paul in London. Rose resurrected. She adds a Chapter to the 
. Book. All is Well that ends Well. Exeunt Omnes. . . 345 




| BOUT the last of July, 18 , a frigate of historic 
renown lay moored off the naval hospital in Nor 
folk harbor, ready for sea, and tinder orders for 
the Mediterranean a station eagerly sought for by the 
officers of the navy. 

Though but recently commissioned, everything about 
her indicated the perfect man-of-war, from truck to keel 
son, forecastle to quarter-deck. 

The meal pennant floated at the fore "a signal that 
the crew were at dinner. About one bell, a quarter 
master reported to the officer of the deck : " A shore- 
boat coming alongside, sir, with a young officer." 

The stranger passed the gangway, made the official 


salute, and announced himself as under orders to the 

"Report to the first lieutenant, sir," responded the 
officer of the deck. " I thinlj. you will find him in the 
cabin." lie called to one of the midshipmen of the 
watch and directed him to escort the stranger to the 

There was a mutual recognition between the young 

" Paul Forbes ! I am delighted to see you ! How are 
you ? We shall all be charmed to add you to our num 

" Thank you, Clifford ! It was no easy matter to obtain 
orders to this pet frigate ; but, as you see, I have succeed 
ed. Who are on board any of my old friends ? " 

" Yes, quite a number Randal, Benton, Hubly, and 
others with whom you have sailed. They will be pleased 
to hear of your assignment to the frigate. Report to the 
first lieutenant. I'll attend to your baggage. Then has 
ten to the port steerage, where you'll be in time for grub. 
Our fellows have a first-rate spread to-day." 

After Paul's orders were countersigned by the com 
manding officer, he proceeded to the steerage. If expe 
rience had not taught him the course to steer for that 
famous locality of a man-of-war, the boisterous laughter 
of a crowd of boy-officers would have indicated the exact 
spot Ere descending the ladder, he paused, and smiled 
at the familiar sounds. 

The steerage is not inaptly termed the " Reefer's Den," 
as here the young wild animals are caged, fed, and 
berthed ; here they roar, and kick up mischief generally. 
Blow high or blow low, these devil-may-care components 


of a man-of-war heed not the weather, nor, in fact, any 
thing that is above or beneath the ship. 

Entering the port mess-room, our young gentleman 
found the midshipmen at^. Dinner. Randal, an old ship 
mate and friend, occupied the caterer's seat, and was so 
interested in the business of uncorking a bottle of wine, 
that this addition to their number was unnoticed until 
Paul made his presence known. 

" Hallo, Randal ! Ah, my boy, ever tinkering with a 
cork-screw ! " 

" Paul Forbes ! by all the rosy gods ! " 

The exclamation was chorussed by the entire mess, 
which welcomed a friend with the enthusiasm character 
istic of the reefer. 

" How are you, Benton ? and you, too, Hubly ? Clif 
ford told me I'd find a lot of old friends ; and the sight 
-of you is good for weak eyes. Give me a camp-stool, 
boy. Side out, some of you ! I'm going to pitch in, for 
I see Randal has provided a regular banquet. "Wine, 
too ! By Jove ! if some of the old magnates of the ser 
vice were witnesses of this luxurious repast in a reefer's 
den, they'd turn green with anger, and growl out, l The 
navy is going to the devil ! ' " Seating himself, the bot 
tle was passed, and Forbes' health drunk with all the 

" You know, Paul," said Randal, " Benton's sister was 
married a few days ago ; and, understanding that reefers 
were subject to ' short commons,' like a bonny good bride 
and considerate sister, she sent him several hampers filled 
with spoils from the wedding-frolic. We appreciate the 
fair, and have drunk to her health and happiness now and 


" A good act should be duplicated," said Paul. " I'll 
join you fellows in a repeater. Now tell me, Randal, 
what are the prospects of sailing ? " 

" On the arrival of old ' Bruin the bear ' our grand 
sachem of the flag we'll up anchor and pay our debts 
with a flying foretopsail," responded Randal. 

" Why the application of such a beastly sobriquet to 
our commodore ? " 

" Well, my lad, I rather fancy your first interview will 
convince you of the aptness of the nickname. You must 
know," he continued, " I made my first cruise on the coast 
of Brazil under ' Bruin.' He has no more consideration 
for a midshipman than for a poodle. Our fellows were 
constantly irritated by his extremely bad habit of pro 
claiming us * d d young whelps ! ' This unceasing 

outrage upon our official dignity was submitted to until 
forbearance ceased to be a virtue ; so we summoned an 
indignation-meeting in the steerage, and a committee of 
ten were appointed to draft a complaint" to the Secretary 
of the Navy. Reams of paper were produced. After 
much deliberation, reference to various dictionaries, and 
so on, the erudite communication was concocted, copied, 
and signed. No one seemed anxious to ' beard the ani 
mal in his lair ; ' so straws were drawn, and your humble 
servant became the victim. Tou may well imagine I did 
not approach the cabin with eagerness. However, I 
screwed my courage to the sticking-point, and handed the 
document, requesting that he would forward the same to 
the Navy Department. 

" An assenting grunt and ferocious glance nearly lifted 
me out of my boots. Depend upon it, the interview was 
not. by me prolonged, for I left with the most extraordi- 


nary alacrity. Some time elapsed ere the return-mail 
arrived. One morning, about eleven o'clock, the orderly 
summoned the officers of the steerage to appear in the 
cabin. Like a party of criminals proceeding to the guil 
lotine, we appeared before the presence. 

" The * bear ' stood in front of the quaking crowd ; in 
his hand was an open letter. Sternly he eyed us for a 
moment, and then, in no gentle voice, exclaimed : ' The 
Secretary of the Navy acknowledges the receipt of your 
report, my velvet-eared young gentlemen. He does not 

approve of my calling you " d d young whelps." ' 

There was a momentary silence. Every one felt that our 
cause had triumphed, and the commodore had been offi 
cially rebuked. Suddenly he reared his huge body to its 
fullest capacity, and, in a voice of thunder, roared out : 
* But you are d d young whelps ! Go ! ' 

" There was no necessity for pointing his long muscu 
lar finger to the door, for none stood upon the order of 
going, but fled with speed and consternation. 

"No relief followed the action of the Navy Depart 
ment, as Bruin continued to indulge in the epithet con 
stantly, with a malicious twinkle of his wicked gray eyes. 
"We bore the reflection upon our official dignity very 
meekly ; nor did any one suggest another ' round robin ' 
to the Secretary." 

" Not a very flattering description of our commodore ! " 
said Paul. " Has he no redeeming traits to offset these 
unpleasant peculiarities ? " 

" Yes," answered Randal ; " he is an expert seaman, 
and occasionally exhibits some kindness ; but such 
manifestations are like angels' visits few, and far 

16 NAunLtrs. 

" I fear," said Paul, " under his command our cruise 
will prove anything but agreeable." 

" As to that," replied Randal, " you know we do not 
mess or sleep with him. On the quarter-deck he can 
roar at and pitch into us without stint, particularly if we 
indulge in kid gloves which, I assure you, are the spe 
cial abhorrence of the old chap. However, there is one 
consolation : he is no niggard in granting leave." 

Dinner concluded, the gentlemen repaired to the star 
board bridleport the midshipman's resort for indulging 
in the luxury of the Havana. 

While pleasantly passing the time in conversation, and 
soothed by the agreeable weed, the reunion was inter 
rupted by the passage of the Washington steamer, from 
which a loud, stern voice was heard : 

" Send my barge on shore ! " 

" Ay, ay, sir ! " responded the officer of the deck. 

" Speak of Satan," ejaculated Randal, " and his imp 
will appear." 

The boat was soon dispatched, and, after a brief ab 
sence, returned with the broad pennant in the bow, indi 
cating that the chief was coming on board. The usual 
etiquette was observed, of assembled officers, marine 
guard, and rolling drum, to receive him. 

Paul caught a glimpse of the commodore, and admit 
ted the justice of his friend's portrait. 

During the night five of the crew deserted from the 
frigate. Their absence was not discovered until morning 
muster, when Paul received an order, by "way of initiat 
ing him in duty. Benton and himself were directed to 
proceed on shore and arrest the runaways. 

Of all duties particularly obnoxious to midshipmen, 


that of hunting for deserters is the most so. It leads 
them into the lowest haunts of vice, where they are liable 
to insult and violence. 

Aware of the danger to which they would be subjected, 
the reefers armed themselves before leaving the ship. 
Repairing to the hotel, Benton sent for a certain consta 
ble renowned for his mixture of cockneyism with good 
language, as well as for his extraordinary success in 
arresting deserters. 

" I really do not think this duty is by any means legiti 
mate," said Benton ; " it is a dirty business, and belongs 
entirely to detectives and constables, whom, after all, we 
have to employ to make the arrests. Now, I do not 
intend visiting the low rum-holes, but will make Smith, 
the constable, first hive the party, and then, of course, we 
must assist in their capture. So we'll take it easy, my 
boy, and enjoy a good dinner." 

When Smith made his appearance, Benton inquired if 
he knew of any seamen who were deserters, lurking about 
the shanties. 

"Why, yes, sir; I've hearn tell of some navy-chaps 
who are roosting from observation in Water Street, and 
rather 'spected my sarvices would be wanted. But, bless 
your hearts, 'taint no use to look for them in daylight. 
'Twould be hunting needles in a hay-stack. Them board 
ing-house chaps are mighty cute, and have cut their eye- 
teeth, they has ! Sailors is powerful scarce in this 'ere 
port, and the wages is high. So, to make up deficiencies, 
the runners takes to ' lime-juicing.' " 

" And pray, what is ' lime-juicing ' ? " said Paul. 

" Vy, haint you heard of that 'ere dodge ? " responded 
Smith. " 'Tis drugging their liquor ; and when they sleep, 


'tis monstrous sound, I tell you ! In that state the runner 
shoves them on board of an outward-bounder, and when 
they comes to their senses, the poor devils finds theyselves 
off the capes of Wirginny, bound on a fureign voyage. 
One of our parsons was lime-juiced last month. Ila ! 
ha ! ha ! it makes me laugh till my heyes bile over with 
tears when I think of it." 

" What are the circumstances ? " said Bentori. 

" Well, you see, sir, the Rev. Mr. Biles constitutes his- 
self a kind of missionary shepherd among them "Water 
Street coves, and a pretty good thing the old hypocrite 
makes out of it, too. T'other day he goes down to one 
of the rum-holes to communicate what he calls ' the good 
tidings,' he does. Arter pirooting about for some time, 
the wenerable fraud brings up at Jim Simmons' doggery, 
and there he exhorts the runners to l mend their ways ' 
and ' shun the wrath to come.' They pretends to be open 
to conviction, and caved in, as it wur. This gives great 
satisfaction to the shepherd, and he becomes friendly 
like. Now, Jim was a supplying a bark with her crew, 
and wanted but one ord'nary seaman to fill up her com 
plement. The idea struck the onpious rascal that the 
parson would do as well as any other man. The bark 
was a-waiting ; so, puttin' on a serious countenance, he 
thanked the preacher for his exhortin', promising to aban 
don his rum-hole, attend prayers, and the likes of that. 
Arter playing his part skilfully, he asked the shepherd if 
he would not honor a poor conwicted sinner by taking a 
glass of wine, or summat like, to keep out the cold. The 
impostor at first declined ; but Jim was pressing. 

" ' It's werry old Madeira, sir, and will do you no 


" So Biles relented, and down he puts the wine. Ha ! 
ha ! ha ! he was lime-juiced! 

" The stuff operated at oneet. The rascals took off his 
robes and slapped him into sailor toggery. While thus 
insensible, they walloped him on board the bark, assuring 
the captain that, when he became sober, he'd prove a tip 
top sample of an ord'nary seaman. The captain didn't 
care, so he had his complement ; accordingly he ups 
anchor, and vamoosed ha ! ha ! ha ! Our poor parson, 
under lime-juice influence, slept like Rip Yan Winkle. 
In fact, everybody on board thought him an old salt on 
a bust. The wind, fortunately for him, hauled ahead ; 
consequently the bark had to anchor in Hampton Roads. 
By this time our shepherd rekivered his senses. Looking 
wildly about him, he exclaims : 

" ' Gracious goodness ! where am I ? ' 

" ' On board the bark SkylarJcJ replied the chief mate, 
who, seated near him, was quietly strapping a block. 

" ' How came I here ? and what is the meaning of 
this nefarious outrage ? ' 

" ' You regularly signed articles, and shipped, be 
d d to you ! ' says the mate. 

/ */ 

" ' This is fiendish ! horrible ! infamous kidnapping 
of a clergyman ! ' cried out the terrified pretender. 

" ' It's niy opinion you're a liar ! ' replied the mate. 
1 Come, get up and tar down that ar mainstay ; for, if 
you don't, I'll wallop you.' 

" ' My dear sir, I'm. a clergyman, and no seaman. 
How I came here, Heaven only knows ! Send me back 
to my charge.' And, weeping piteously, Biles fell upon 
the deck. 

" The rude mate, not onderstanding the reality of the 


case, bnt believing he was a longshoreman accustomed to 
cheat the shipping officers, up with a rope and gave him 
an awful drubbing. Thus electrified, he rushed aft in 
agony, and met Mr. "Wilson, the pilot, on the quarter 
deck, who was one of his admirers. 

" ' Gracious Providence ! Mr. Wilson, save your shep 
herd from outrage ! I calls upon you to succor me, sir ! ' 

" It was some time afore "Wilson could recognize him 
in sailor-trim. He told me the scene was so ludikrus, 
'twas almost onpossible to preserve hisself from a collapse. 
However, he ewentually rekivered, and informed the cap 
tain that a wicked mistake had occurred a parson was 
lime-juiced by Jim Simmons, who would perform the 
same operation on the Evil One hisself to supply a de 

" The shepherd was restored to his flock, and would 
have prosecuted the ' runner,' but for his absconding until 
clerical indignation evaporated." 

Our young gentlemen laughed heartily at the story, and 
flattered themselves that no such misfortune would inter 
fere with their duty. 

At the request of Benton, Mr. Smith gave his views for 
further action in regard to the deserters. 

" Give me," said he, " your description-list I'll arrange 
all the rest ; then meet me at ten o'clock, near the ferry. 
This is quite enough. So, young gentlemen, for the pres 
ent, by-by." 

' At the stated hour Benton and Paul met the constable. 
He informed them that the men had been under cover 
throughout the day, but as the evening shades came on, 
feeling more secure, they had foolishly presumed on their 
safety, and were in for a " regular bust." 


Together the trio passed on to that infamous section of 
Norfolk Water Street. Arriving at a notorious sailor 
boarding-house, the party entered, and, of course, were 
received with wrathful looks and indecent expressions. 

" What in thunder brings you here, Mr. Constable 
Smith ? " exclaimed a drunken female. " And with 
those two cussed midshipmites, too ! Get out of this, you 
infernal limb of the law, or I'll knock the lights out of 
your carcass ! " She would have exemplified her lan 
guage, but for a somewhat sober conservative, who solicit 
ed prudence. 

The congregated crowd hastily retreated as the officers 
entered, but not before Benton recognized, in half-dis 
guise, the men he sought. 

" I'm going to search this 'ere doggery," said Smith, 
" by vartue of my warrant to arrest deserters." 

" Search and be d d I " replied the landlord. " I 

do not harbor United States absentees." 

" Maybe so, and maybe not. Come, young gentlemen ; 
I seed some chaps staggering up them stairs, and I 
reckon they are our identicals." 

Reaching the second floor, the constable roared to the 
midshipmen to take possession of the first room, while he 
examined the rear chambers. 

Paul and Benton accordingly entered the chamber, 
when the door was hastily slammed to and immediately 
locked on the outside, making prisoners of them. 

From a side-door four villanous-looking rascals rushed 
in, and at once a struggle began, the assailants using 
knives and clubs. Paul received a severe blow on his 
head, which staggered him. The villain was about to use 
his knife, when a pistol-shot brought him lifeless to the 


floor. Benton badly wounded another ; and the remain 
ing two were kept at bay by the brandished dirks of the 
young officers. Their assaults were not as vigorous after 
the fall of two of their number, and furtive glances were 
cast about them for the means of escape. 

In the scuffle, the candle was overturned and extin 
guished, leaving the room in utter darkness. 

Paul fired his remaining pistol-shot, and exclaimed, by 
way of intimidation: "Benton, we'll reserve our next 
shots for close quarters." In the melee he was run 
against, as he supposed, by one of the assailants. Using 
his dirk, he plunged it into the man's body, shouting, 
" Now, Benton, close, and fire when you are sure of 
them ! " 

A crash of the window-sash indicated their escape 
evidently not without injury, as a cry of anguish was 
heard from the pavement below. 

" Benton," said Paul, " they have escaped through the 

A low moan was the only response. 

" By heavens ! my dear fellow, I hope you are not 
wounded ! " 

" Yes," was the feeble reply. 

During this time Mr. Smith, calling for help, attacked 
the door, which at length yielded to his strength. With 
a light he entered, and saw the result of the bloody ren 

" This 'ere is the cussedest night's job I've ever had ! 
I hope the young gent ain't seriously pinked ! Bind up 
his wound, and stop the bleeding. Bad very bad ! 
llallo ! here's the landlord lying here, and he has drawn 
his last ration. Well, the devil claims his own ; and if 


ever man desarved such ending, it's this 'ere unmitigated 
rascal ! By jingoes, another! Jim Simmons' toes turned 
up, too ! What's the matter, Jim ? " 

" My left leg is smashed in the knee blast the ball ! 
I know the leg will have to come off." And he groaned 
from excessive pain. 

" If that be so," said the cool and unsympathizing con 
stable, " your trade as ' runner ' and ' lime-juicer general ' 
will be at an end. Better go to your friend the shepherd, 
and get him to app'int you sexton, or to some such billot." 

Paul succeeded in stanching the bleeding from Ben- 
ton's wound. Great became his distress on learning that 
his hand had dealt the blow. He had mistaken his 
friend, in the dark and the general scuffle, for one of the 
party of ruffians. Fortunately, a porte-monnaie in Ben- 
ton's breast-pocket intercepted the full force of the stab, 
and saved his life. 

When the excitement had subsided and they started 
below, Paul inquired of Smith if the deserters had been 

" Yes," replied Smith, " and locked up, with a mighty 
scare upon them. So we will have no trouble in con- 
weying them to the ship." 

The women of the house were greatly frightened, and 
became as civil and polite as their coarse, depraved 
natures would permit. 

One of the desperadoes was brought into the house 
with a fractured leg, received in leaping from the win 
dow. He suffered intense pain. Smith sent for a physi 
cian, who soon appeared and rendered surgical aid. 

Benton, with Paul's assistance, was enabled to walk 
slowly to the waiting boat. The frigate reached, Benton 


placed on a sick-cot, and the arrested men put in irons, 
Paul reported, and retired to rest, anathematizing all such 
duty, which he hoped to avoid in future. 

At early dawn, under the influence of a fair wind, the 
frigate stood down to Hampton Roads, there to wait for 
final instructions from Washington. 

Benton's wound, though painful, proved less dangerous 
than the first examination suggested. He certainly had 
narrowly escaped a fatal puncture. Recovering rapidly, 
much to Paul's delight, he soon left the sick-cot. 

A man-of-war is always peopled with a singular combi 
nation, from the grave to the gay, from the sedate and 
practical to the eccentric and visionary. Among the 
officers of this ship was one whose oddity of appearance 
and queer mannerisms oft provoked laughable circum 

Lieutenant Hilarity absolutely stood but jive feet in 
altitude ; in his eccentric imagination, at least ten. He 
was a choleric little man, with pugnacious gray eyes, and 
a small, compressed mouth. The latter was almost hid 
from view by a nose and chin which approached so nearly 
together that it was a physical impossibility for him to 
place the speaking-trumpet directly to his lips ; the appli 
cation required a side movement, which always provoked 
sly smiles from the midshipmen. 

The day after the vessel anchored in the Roads, Lieu 
tenant Hilarity had charge of the deck from meridian 
until four P.M. Shortly before one, Paul observed a man 
at the mainmast seemingly desirous of addressing the 
officer of the deck. He reported this to Lieutenant 
Hilarity, who at once approached the fife-rail, and, in his 
sharp, twanging voice, asked what was wanting. 


The seaman touched the brim of his hat, and answered : 

" Please, sir, Bill Brown has stole my duff ! " (I. e., 
boiled flour pudding). 

" Call Bill Brown," said the lieutenant. 

Brown soon appeared. 

" Thompson accuses you, my man, of having commit 
ted petty larceny, by pilfering his duff. Are you guilty, 

" No, Mr. Hilarity. I never larcened anything sence I 
was a sucking liiufant." 

" I have witnesses, who saw him steal my duff," re 
sponded Thompson. 

With a magisterial wave of his hand, Mr. Hilarity 

" Pro-du-ce your witnesses ! " 

Twelve men immediately appeared, who confirmed the 
charge against Brown. 

" I have witnesses to prove I did not steal the dnff. In 
fact, sir, I was not near Thompson's mess," said Brown. 

" Bring forth your witnesses ! " screamed the irate 

It is nearly always the case among sailors, when 
charges are brought to the court precincts of the quarter 
deck, and the accuser brings forward witnesses to support 
his indictment, that the defendant invariably produces an 
equal number to refute the charge. So, in this case, 
Brown brought forward twelve men to attest his inno 
cence. They were all examined by the lieutenant with 
the pertinacity of a Tombs' practitioner, but without pro 
ducing any result, as the evidence was equalized for and 
against the accused by twelve witnesses on each side. 

The perplexity of the little officer was quite farcical. 


He strutted up and down the deck in profound reflection, 
as if making mental inspection of the lore of great legal 
authorities. 4 lie would rub his forehead, and cast his fer 
ret eyes upwards with all the customary mannerisms of 
profound jurists. Finally, inspiration came to his relief. 
Returning to the quarter-deck bar, or fife-rail, he mounted 
a carronade-slide, elevated his figure, and, with oracular 
profundity, addressed the parties : 

" Ahem ! My men, I have examined into the charge 
made by Thompson versus Brown. The witnesses (d n 
them !) have been interrogated according to the most 
approved code, which, though, does not enable me to spot 
the side on which twelve liars are arraigned. However, 
according to the statutes made and provided, the case 
shall be adjudicated. Go away, principals. Stand up 
to the gangway, all the witnesses ; for, blast your eyes ! 
I'll flog every mother's son of you. Boatswain's mate, do 
your duty, sir, and do it well ! " 

The astounded witnesses received a " baker's dozen " 
each, amid the ill-concealed merriment of the assembled 

When the punishment was over, with an odd, serio 
comic leer, the lieutenant waved his hand to the men, 
and yelled : 

" Are there any more wit-ness-es among }-ou ? " 

The answer was a rapid dispersion ; for none felt 
desirous of receiving the attentions of the court. 

During the cruise, there was, after this, always great 
deficiency of testimony in cases referred to the quarter 
deck for adjudication. 





HE frigate Nautilus is at sea. The brave vessel 
breasts the rolling billows, and Neptune claims 
his usual tribute from the uninitiated. Merci 
less are the tormenting " oldsters " over the sufferings of 
the sea-sick boys, who, if dry land could just then be 
reached, would gladly abandon naval glory, with all its 
romance and excitement. But they are in for it, and 
the superabundant bile is offered up as a midshipman's 
first libation to the uncompromising ocean. 

In a few days this introductory episode ended ; then 
came the ravenous appetite for " grub," and the longing 
for the steerage pastimes of tricks and jollity. 

" Fellows," said Benton, who was a tall, gawky scion 
of Kentucky, " this is our first Saturday night at sea ; let 
us do justice to the same, in accordance with the time- 
honored custom dating from the ancient days of Admiral 
Benbow. Boy" continued he, addressing a son of Afric's 
torrid clime (who would never look upon his fortieth sum 
mer again), " clear the wreck ! produce the tureen ! fly 
to the galley before the lights are { doused,' and bring a 
gallon of "hot water ! let us have some sugar, a lump of 
butter, some cloves ; and, Tom, produce your ' white eye ' 
[*. e., ship's whiskey."] ' 


" Ay, ay ! " growled Tom, who, as " master's mate " of 
the spirit-room, made it a religious duty to secure his per 

The water was brought, the hot punch made, and all 
who were not on duty gathered around the table. 

" Well, gentlemen," said Benton, " fill up, and we'll 
drink to a jolly cruise, a happy return, and speedy pro 

This pleasant toast was quaffed in a bumper. A song 
being called for, Ilubly produced his guitar, and, having 
adjusted the strings, inquired what the nature of his 
music should be " love, murder, or ' choragic ' ? " 

Benton, who was one of the controlling spirits of the 
mess, replied : 

" "Well, old fellow, the next sentiment, you know, is, by 
custom and feeling, ' Sweethearts and wives, ' in honor of 
the night we celebrate. Knowing that several of our 
messmates are particularly spoony, we'll take a pull at 
the sentimental halyards first. So, bouse away, my boy, 
and when the next song comes, with a hearty chorus we'll 
all heave at the bars ! " 

Hubly came from the Quaker State, and was a poet 
ical, good-looking youth, who was by no means an indif 
ferent performer on both the violin and the guitar. In a 
clear, harmonious voice, he sang Moore's exquisite melody 
of " Farewell, but whenever you welcome the hour." 
The silence in the steerage gave evidence of an appre 
ciative audience ; and the guitar accompaniment sounded 
agreeably, though mingling strangely with the moaning 
of the wind as it came in puffs from the northward and 

At the conclusion of the song, Paul joined the festive 


board, and contributed not a little to the general hilarity. 
Again Benton rapped upon the table. He reminded the 
revellers that " Saturday night " at sea always aroused 
reminiscences, particularly in the bosoms of naval officers, 
who, in bidding their native land good-night, knew that 
three long and changeful years must elapse in the event 
ful circle of time ere the sight of that loved soil would 
again gladden their eyes. 

All hands were primed, and the sapling Kentuckian 
rose to his feet. Dexterously holding his steaming glass 
with the disengaged hand, he gave an oratorical nourish, 
and thus addressed his messmates : 

" Well, boys, some days ago we were all basking in the 
sunshine of happy associations ; loved ones clustered 
around us ; but the parting came, and those who had 
wives embraced them. That was denied us, as marriage, 
with midshipmen, is as yet tabooed. ' So, for lack of those 
charming appendages to manhood, we pitched into the 
rosy lips of our sweethearts. I boldly make the assertion, 
that we did of a verity perform this delicious ceremony ; 
for I doubt if there ever existed a ' reefer ' whose appoint 
ment reached the comprehensive reality of six weeks, who 
did not, no matter how juvenile, feel, under the pressure 
of his eagle and anchor-buttons, sufficiently matured to 
indulge in the luxury of a lady-love. 

" Some are Oriental in their tastes, and have sweet 
hearts by the score, like unto our friend Paul ; but the 
old Benbow sentiment admits of no qualification, and so 
we'll swallow it whole. And now, my hearties, I give 
you, without the heel-taps, the good old nautical Saturday- 
night toast ' Sweethearts and wives ' ! ' 

It is needless to say the sentiment was rapturously 


applauded ; and when the rapping had ceased, Ilubly, 
with guitar in hand, led off, the boys joining in this 
hearty chorus : 

" All hands ahoy to the anchor, 
From friends and relations we go. 
'Vast grieving why, d n it, it's folly, boys ; 
Tip with the anchor, ye, yo ! 
The boatswain takes care of the riggin', 
Especially when he gets drunk ; 
The bobstay supplies him with swigging, 
The cable he cuts up for old junk. 
So sing away, haul away, jolly boys, etc." 

At this moment the ship gave a lurch, and away to the 
lee-scuppers went midshipmen, tureen, tumblers, and hot- 
stuff. The crash below was deafened by the confusion 
on deck. Sails flapped from the yards, cracking like cart- 
whips ; and the shouts of the officers were indistinctly 
mingled with the howl of the wind, that roared as if ten 
thousand demons were assailing the ship in their fury. 







WAS a Gulf -stream squall, of short duration, but 
terrible while it lasted. 

When the blast reached its height, the ap- 
paUng cry of " Man overboard ! " was heard. It came 
fron those stationed near the mizzen-mast. With the 
pronptness characteristic of seamen, crew and officers 
rushtd to man the lee-quarter boat, and were absolutely in 
the set of lowering the tiny craft into the seething sea, 
whenthe commodore's clear voice sounded above the din : 

" I~i>ld ! this is madness ! JSTo boat would live five 
minutts. 'Twould only sacrifice more lives ; and I deem 
it my }ainf ul duty, Mr. Person, to order the falls kept 

It ws only necessary to look out upon the angry sea 
for a mcnent to feel the correctness of the commodore's 
order. Yith a feeling of anguish, the officers and crew 
returned from the boat to attend to the pressing duties 
called forby the occasion. 

The fri;ate must have been dashed along by the fury 
of the bias at least twelve knots an hour ; nor could she 


be checked in her velocity before the canvas was prop 
erly reduced. 

The moment the frigate was brought under control, an 
anxious inquiry was made for the name of the lost ship 
mate. Among the men none were missing ; then came 
the muster-roll of the officers. In a few moment* the 
melancholy intelligence was announced that Lieutenant 
Pembrook could not be found. 

As his voice of command had been heard wien the 
squall first struck, his station being the port, at die time 
the lee gangway, it was conclusive evidence that the 
lost man was none other than the noble and unfortunate 

Death on board of a ship at sea is always appalljng. 

The members of the community, from the very natui 
their association, become a large family, who sympal 


with each other in the dangers of the profession ; sepa 
rated as they are from the dark gulf of water only bf the 
narrow planks which form their floating home and sp\. of 

But when the hand of destiny sweeps from this (bmes- 
tic circle one particularly endeared to all his shijmates, 
the bereavement comes home to every heart, ancjall on 
board realize the truth of the admonition, that fin the 
midst of life we are in death." What added to /io pain 
of the occasion, was that, at the commencemen of the 
evening, the officers of the ward-room had also coebrated, 
though in a less boisterous manner than the/middies, 
" Saturday night at sea." 

Lieutenant Pembrook was observed during t]b evening 
to be very silent and reserved, but it attracted io marked 


attention, his disposition being usually inclined to melan 

As was before observed, the ship had experienced one 
of those Gulf -stream tornadoes, that come like a lion, but 
subside in a brief time to lamb-like placidity. The 
clouds soon dispersed, and the stars bespangled the blue- 
vaulted sky again. The ship naturally relapsed into its 
quiet, ordinary routine. 

In the steerage, the debris of the jollification so sadly 
and abruptly terminated had disappeared, and order once 
more reigned. But the merry laugh was hushed ; gloom 
clouded the countenances of the midshipmen as they 
talked with one another in a subdued nay, almost whis 
pered tone of the manly qualities of the lost officer. 

Eight bells struck, the regular watch was called, and, 
the night proving chilly from the rain and hail that 
accompanied the squall, Paul threw his cloak around him 
and repaired to the deck. There, solemnity prevailed. 
All felt that the hand of death had been among them, 
though the subject of mournful regret was far, far away, 
gradually sinking down in his ocean sepulchre. 

The wind now blew lightly, and the recently boisterous 
sea settled into those loner and regular undulations so su<r- 

O O O 

gestive of calm and peaceful slumber. 

Paul hove the log, reported the ship's velocity to the 
officer of the deck, and then made the record on the slate. 
This young gentleman had become already quite a favor 
ite with the older officers, and it was no unusual circum 
stance for them to cnmiire in familiar conversation with 

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him, particularly when the ship's duties did not conflict 
with their temporary waiving of rank. 

Lieutenant Ron-is, the intimate friend of poor Lieuten- 



ant Pembrook, had charge of the watch. He appeared 
to labor under a grief which he vainly strove to master. 
After walking the deck for some time in silence, a desire 
for sympathy prompted him to call Mr. Forbes to his 
side. In a voice broken with emotion, he said : 

" This has been a night of sorrow, sir. The navy has 
lost an admirable officer, and I a most true and devoted 

" The loss," replied the midshipman, " is indeed de 
plored by all on board. No officer was more beloved 
than your friend, sir. Had you known him long ? " 

" Yes ; we commenced our naval career together, sailed 
together, messed together, made all our excursions in 
company, until we became like brothers." 

" It always struck me," said Paul, " that Lieutenant 
Pembrook suffered from some sad event in his life 
something that cast a shade of melancholy over his coun 
tenance. Am I not correct, sir ? " 

" You are. One year ago he was the embodiment of 
geniality. lie was bright, sparkling, generous, and 
brave. As a companion in a reunion, his wit and humor 
made him the most attractive person of the gathering. 
But, alas ! he's lost to us all, now gone, I hope, to a bet 
ter world. 

" I'll relate the circumstances," continued Lieutenant 
Morris, " that cast their shadows over his naturally merry 
countenance. They are sad, but romantic ; and, now that 
my dear friend is gone, an inclination to converse about 

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him conies over me. But, before I commence, heave the 
log and write up the slate." 

The order was obeyed, and Lieutenant Norris began his 
narrative : 


"About eight months ago Pembrook and I were 
attached to the schooner Gallatin, cruising off the north 
coast of Cuba. Our special duty was to capture the sla 
vers, who were desecrating the American flag by using it 
as a cover for their nefarious and inhuman traffic. 

" Most of the Africans imported into Cuba are, I am 
sorry to say, conveyed in American vessels, by American 
crews and owners. The New England States annually fit 
out some eighty slavers for the trade surreptitiously, I 
know, for the law is imperative in its denunciation- and 
severe in its punishment. 

" Running under easy sail in the old Bahama channel, 
off Cape Molus, just after dark, a long, rakish schooner 
passed us. Our hail she heeded not, nor yet did a gun 
shot bring her to. Crowded with canvas, the suspicious 
craft kept on with great speed. Out went our studding- 
sails, big ben, and flying kites, in full chase. By the aid 
of the night-glass we kept her in sight until near daylight, 
fully convinced the trail was struck and the game ahead. 

" As the light of day broke over the sea, lo ! our bird 
was not to be seen. She had either run out of sight, or 
disappeared in one of the many -harbors indenting the 
northern shore of the ever-faithful isle. Eight o'clock 
found us off the town of Zebara ; and as the crew had 
been enjoying Uncle Sam's ' salt horse ' for three months, 
the captain concluded some good water, fresh meat, and 
vegetables would be an excellent change of diet. 

" Accordingly, we ran in, anchored, and passed the cus 
tomary ceremonious compliments with the Spanish au 
thorities, who at once turned their attention to the 
schooner. Pembrook and myself started on shore for 
relaxation, and to gratify our very laudable curiosity. 


" Zebara boasts a large cathedral of awkward architec 
ture, ancient fortifications tumbling to decay, narrow, 
dirty streets, and low, tiled houses. As you may suppose, 
we did up this uninteresting town in a brief time, 
obtained horses, and started for the country, which was 
certainly more inviting, with its fields of fruit pyra 
midal oranges, varying from green to luscious yellow 
ripeness, its lime-trees and citrons, and the avocada (com 
monly called the alligator-pear), groaning under the pon 
derous weight of its heavy fruit. 

" The cool-looking plantain and tall, spire-like cocoa- 
nut-tree, the convolvulus and the passion-flower, lined our 
road. The air was redolent with perfume of the most 
exquisite freshness. A mile's ride brought us to a mas 
sive gate invitingly open. Observing it led to a sugar- 
plantation, we decided to enter. The lane was lined with 
orange and cocoa-nut trees, and running rose-vines in full 

" Halfway up the avenue we stopped at a steam mill 
for grinding and pressing the sugar-cane. Here we 
found a Scotch engineer in charge, who informed us that 
the estate belonged to a very wealthy Spanish gentleman 
named Don Figareo. We were entertained by the engi 
neer's minute description of the process of sugar-making. 
He had resided on the estate three years, liked his situa 
tion, but particularly Don Figareo, whom he represented 
as a lordly old gentleman, just returned from Philadel 
phia with a beautiful daughter, who had been educated 
in that city. As we wore about departing, a fine-looking, 
portly Spaniard entered. He approached with graceful 
courtesy, and gave us warm welcome. 

<' ' I am delighted to see you,' said he. , * '.Consider this 


place, and all I have, as yours ' (which is a customary 
Spanish compliment, and nothing more). , * You must 
come to my hacienda, To visit my plantation and not 
enjoy its hospitality, would be a matter of pain. So, let 
us proceed, gentlemen ; your horses shall be attended 

" We could do nothing less than accompany the don, 
and we felt that indeed our lines had fallen in pleasant 
places. The grounds about the princely mansion were 
prettily laid out, half -encircled by a garden, and were rich 
in tropical fruit-trees and flowers. Ascending a broad 
flight of marble steps, we came to a spacious veranda 
floored with polished mahogany. 

" The house was divided by a broad passage-way, 
through which the sea-breeze passed, cooling and refresh 
ing the building. Half -Venetian blinds shaded this com 
fortable piazza ; and here we were at once seated in easy- 
chairs, puffing the best Havanas, and quenching our thirst 
with iced claret. 

" After the lapse of some moments, the don observed 
that his daughter was in the parlor, and would be pleased 
to see us ; for, having been educated in Philadelphia, she 
was naturally partial to Americans. Of course, we 
eagerly embraced the opportunity for an introduction. 
Following our host into his regal drawing-room, we 
beheld a beautiful lady seated on an ottoman, engaged 
in reading. She rose, and received us with graceful ease. 

" ' You are welcome to the Alhambra, gentlemen. I 
watched your vessel's entrance into our harbor, and expe 
rienced great pleasure in again seeing the " Stars and 
Stripes." I passed my school-days in Philadelphia that 
good old Quaker city ! There I learned English, and 



became, in feeling, an adopted child of your great coun 
try. Are you acquainted in that city, either of you ? ' 

""We answered that, being from the South, our ac 
quaintances at the North were generally confined to soci 
ety connected with naval stations. The conversation con 
tinued in an easy, unaffected strain, on both sides. 

" Seeing an open piano in the room, I observed that we 
were both exceedingly fond of music, and requested her 
to gratify our taste. 

" Rising, with a smile, she said : ' "With pleasure ! 
"While I am not a superior performer, yet I am devoted 
to music, and very often indulge my father with my 
playing such as it is. lie, however, considers me quite 
a phenomenon ; but that is paternal weakness.' Running 
her fingers over the instrument with practised ease, she 
turned, and asked what was our choice ? 

" Pembrook, himself no indifferent musician, replied, 
' The Last Rose of Summer.' 

" She gave him an arch look, and smilingly observed : 
1 'Tis singular, sir, you have proposed my pet song ! In 
deed, it came into my mind as I touched the keys.' 

" ' Ah ! ' replied Charlie, gayly, ' music awakens mutual 
sympathy, strangers though we be.' 

" The lady bowed gracefully, and at once began one of 
Moore's melodies. Ah, Mr. Forbes, it was sung with 
exquisite feeling, and in as rich a voice, I think, as ever 
I listened to. 

" The song was finished. Silence reigned for some 
moments ; such was the dreamy spell that bound our 
senses. A deep sigh broke from Pembrook, which 
attracted her earnest attention, and she gave him a look 
of interest I quite envied. 


" Learning that Charlie was an amateur, she insisted on 
his joining her in several duets. The mingling of their 
voices was perfection in harmony. Don Figareo became 
very enthusiastic, and applauded excitedly, insisting on it 
that Pembrook's voice was second to none he had ever 
heard on or off the lyric stage. 

" Music promoted an intimacy between them. The 
lady evidently was much pleased with my friend. You 
know, sir, his manly beauty was of that order that no 
woman could pass it unnoticed ; and when added to this 
were his intelligence and conversational powers, you may 
imagine the interest he excited. 

" Our sojourn had occupied several agreeably-spent 
hours. Feeling that it was time to leave, we rose to 
do so. 

" The don would not listen to it. ' No, gentlemen ! ' 
he exclaimed, ' I have taken the liberty of returning your 
horses to the livery stable, and after dinner we will all 
ride in together, as we have music on the plaza at six 
o'clock. The band, for a small and isolated garrison, is 
decidedly excellent. Our commandant is a connoisseur 
in music, and, possessing means, expends it liberally for 
the enjoyment of his passion. 

" Pembrook hesitated, but an appeal from the bright 
eyes of the senorita vanquished his opposition, and, to her 
manifest delight, he consented to remain. 

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" The don invited us to inspect his splendid garden, 
lie led me off, while Charlie and the senorita followed. 
It struck me they had suddenly evinced a wondrous fond 
ness for each other's society. 

" ' So, ho ! ' thought your humble servant ; ( sets the 
wind so speedily in that direction? Cupid is rushing 


matters! But a little salt water, Master Charlie, will 
wash this sudden fancy away ; and, when our topsail 
sinks below the horizon, the fair lady will sing merrily, 
and remember no more.' 

" My conclusions were exceedingly erroneous. It was 
no evanescent fancy which animated the breasts of these 
lovers. As we were turning from the garden, I saw the 
lady hand Charlie a beautiful rose. She blushed when 
the offering was made, rivalling the flower in its deep car 
nation, lie bowed his thanks, and placed the flower in 
his bosom with sparkling eyes and heightened color. 

" After dinner was ended, and we were once again 
assembled in the parlor, the don and myself repaired to 
comfortable chairs on the veranda, smoking, and convers 
ing on topics of the day. lenze (I'd learned her name, 
and that her mother was in heaven) and Pembrook occu 
pied the drawing-room in an earnest conversation, which, 
I presumed, related to music, as her taper fingers seemed 
to trifle with the keys of the piano. The old gentleman 
at length reentered the drawing-room, and called for a 
duet, which had barely ceased when horses' feet resound 
ed from the lane. 

" ' Henrico ! ' exclaimed the don. 

" I chanced to be looking at lenze at this moment, and 
was struck with her countenance, fading from red to pale, 
followed by a settled look of vexation. ' Some mystery 
exists here,' thought I ; ' it will no doubt soon develop 

" Footsteps approached. A tall, dark, but by no means 
ill-looking Spaniard, entered, with a freedom bespeaking 
the familiar visitor. He approached the don with easy 
courtesy, and gayly greeted the senorita. But lenze met 


his advances with an air of cold indifference as he seated 
himself by her side. 

" Our host introduced us. Animal magnetism must 
have exerted its power ; for it was instantly evident to 
me that a mutual repugnance was born between Charlie 
and Senor Henrico. 

" The conversation, which had been free and mire- 
strained before the arrival of Senor Henrico, now became 
hampered. But we were not to endure the wet blanket 
long ; for the carriage was announced, and lenze left, to 
obtain her mantilla. She soon returned, lookino- most 

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lovely in her romantic Spanish head-gear. Henrico 
pushed forward and handed her to the carriage ; then 
abruptly turned to his horse, mounted, and rode rapidly 
away. We were soon seated, and the noble animals made 
excellent speed for the plaza. 

" Arriving, we found the grounds crowded. Instantly 
the don's carriage was surrounded by the gentry, all anx 
ious to glean a smile from the beautiful sefiorita. I knew 
nothing of Spanish, consequently their pretty Castilian 
compliments were all Greek to me. 

" The music justified the commendation bestowed upon 
it by our genial host. As the time approached for the 
conclusion of this charming association, a shade of sad 
ness clouded Pembrook's expressive countenance. 

" This was noticed by the fair lenze, who remarked, 
with earnestness : 

" ' Your cheerfulness has departed, Mr. Pembrook.' 

" ' It naturally fades as I appreciate the termination of 
one of the happiest days of my life,' sighed he. 

" ' I am nattered to learn,' she responded, ' that your 
visit to the Alhambra will be followed by pleasant memo- 


ries. You alone will be in fault if every favorable oppor 
tunity is not embraced to revive them.' 

" ' Alas, dear lady ! we cannot always sail beneath the 
summer sky of happiness. Duty will soon call us from 
Zebara, and the lovely Alhambra, with its enchantress, be 
lost to sight, though to memory ever dear.' 

" ' But,' she eagerly responded, while a blush of pleas 
ure mantled her cheek under the influence of Charlie's 
impulsive language, * you will return again ? Lieutenant 
Norris informs me your cruising boundary embraces 

" ' Indeed, fair lady, I pray we may. Great would be 
my sorrow if I knew nothing hereafter was left me but 
delicious memories.' 

" We were interrupted by an officer, who approached, 
and addressed the don : 

" ' I am directed, sir,' said he, i by the commandant, to 
invite you and your family to a ball which he gives to 
morrow night, in compliment to the American officers.' 

" The don graciously accepted, and lenze, with a joy 
ous countenance, turned to Pembrook, and said : 

" ' Oh, this is delightful ! And- you will be there, will 
you not ? ' 

" f Promise me the honor of your hand for the first 
round of dances, and it will be a happy ball to me.' 

" lenze promised without hesitation ; and he grasped 
her hand, and, while pledging his attendance, gently 
kissed her fingers. As we parted, the eagerness with 
which she continued to remind him of his engagement 
convinced me that her pure and guileless heart had 
quaffed this day of the elixir of love. 


" Proceeding with my friend to the boat, I observed, 

slyly : 

" ' Charlie, you have gone and done it ! ' 

" ' Done what ? ' he replied. 

" ( Fallen in love with that Cuban beauty.' 

" * None of your absurdity, Tom ! Here is the boat.' 

" We were soon on board the United States schooner 




JN" the following morning a beautiful bouquet 
was conveyed on board, addressed to Pembrook. 
No note or card was attached, but well he knew 
from whence it came. 

"At noon the boatswain reported that the lower rig 
ging, bobstay, and gammoning required setting up. Our 
executive anathematized the luck. ' Here's a pretty ket 
tle of fish ! ' said he. ' Now we'll be detained in this 
miserable hole three or four days ! ' 

" The captain came on the quarter-deck at this moment, 
and, on receiving the report, quietly observed : ' Well, sir, 
go to work at it to-morrow ; we'll not knock off watering 
to-day. It has to be done, for, if neglected, we might be 
brought to grief.' 

" Our chase, as you see, sir, eventuated in some good, 
after all. Pembrook heard the conversation, and his 
glance at me exhibited perfect delight. 

" We went to the mess-room. Throughout the day the 
little vessel was constantly thronged with strangers. 
From some of them we learned Don Figareo possessed 
great wealth, and had but one child, to whom he was 
devotedly attached. 


" Senor Henrico, the don's cousin, it was presumed, 
loved the beautiful lenze. Some thought they were 
engaged ; at all events, he desired so to impress the gen 
tlemen of the neighborhood. These reports, however^ 
gave me a cue to the senor's undisguised manifestation of 
anger when finding lenze in familiar conversation with a 
handsome navy officer. No doubt he had good cause for 

" The ball came off at the appointed time, and was 
quite a brilliant affair. The women were very lovely, 
but the men generally fell far short of the softer sex in 
personal attractiveness. They were, with rare exceptions, 
diminutive, and wanting in physical development. 

"Among the last arrivals came Don Figareo, Senor 
Henrico, and the incomparable lenze. Her dress was 
exquisite, and she was herself as beautiful as a Hebe. 
Ko one could behold her without admiration. On enter 
ing the room, her eyes wandered over the guests with an 
earnest scrutiny, as if they sought an object of more than 
common interest. They brightened joyously as Charlie 

" Greeting the don with cordiality, and bowing to 
Senor Henrico with the haughty courtesy the Spaniard's 
cold reception warranted, Charlie turned with animation 
to the senorita, whose deep blush betrayed the influence 
of his presence. The lovers conversed for some moments 
in low tones. At last said Pembrook : 

" ' I fear my attentions, senorita, may annoy, possibly 
provoke you ? ' 

" ' Fear not, senor. The music begins, and our vis-a 
vis are waiting ! ' she exclaimed, hurriedly, while blushes 
flushed her cheeks and pleasure beamed from her eyes. 


" When the cotillion was ended, numerous applications 
were made for her hand, all of which she declined, assur 
ing Charlie she would rather promenade with him. 

" At last, the celebrated island contra-dance, ' the 
Cubano,' was called for. 

" Pembrook was absent in quest of refreshments for 
the senorita, when Henrico approached her, and, with 
much irony, observed : 

" ' Has my fair cousin eyes and ears alone for the 
strange American, who seems to monopolize her every 
movement ? ' 

" She replied, with an effort at composure : 

" 1 1 am not responsible to you, Henrico, for my actions ; 
consequently, it is a liberty on your part to address your 
sarcasm to me.' 

" ' Restrain your indignation, my pretty lenze ! I 
merely intended to ask the honor of your hand for the 
" Cubano." ' 

" ' Excuse me. I do not wish to dance.' 

" ' I understand ! ' said he, in a subdued tone ; but, 
with a fiendish glitter of his black eyes, he whispered 
what seemed to be a threat. 

" A shiver passed over lenze, and then she became 
deadly pale ; but with an exercise of mental will she as 
quickly recovered. Drawing her figure to its full height, 
and with an expression of scorn on her features, she 
spumed him from her presence. 

" He obeyed the gesture and departed, not, however, 
without uttering the bitterest maledictions. 

" Charlie brought the ice, and she partook of it nerv 

" c Do you like our island-dance ? ' she asked. 


" ' I do not,' answered Charlie ; ' it is not becoming. I 
hope you will never dance it.' 

" ' I will not no, never again ! ' said she, quickly. 

" The look of gratification that beamed on her from 
Pembrook again brought the roses to her cheeks. 

" During the entire evening they were inseparable. I 
whispered to Charlie that he was selfishly monopolizing 
the queen of the ball-room. 

" ' I cannot relinquish her society,' replied he, ' so long 
as she permits me to possess it.' 

" When the hour came for parting, lenze inquired, with 
a sort of flutter : 

" ' But shall I not see you at the Alhambra to-mor 

" ' How early may I come ? ' asked Charlie. 

" ' As soon as you please,' was the low response ; and, 
at her father's signal, our Spanish friends passed out to 
their carriage. 

" The infuriated look of Plenrico had betrayed so much 
mad jealousy, that my apprehension for Charlie's safety 
was aroused. I knew that these islanders glutted their 
thirst for vengeance with the assassin's knife, and I deter 
mined to be watchful. It w r as well that I did so ; for, as 
Pembrook left the carriage and proceeded towards the 
wharf, a muffled figure emerged from an old portico, and 
with stealthy strides followed him. Observing this, I 
crossed the street. The movement placed me between 
the two. I halted, facing the approaching Spaniard. 
The moment he observed this act of seamanship he 
stopped, turned, and retraced his steps, but not before I 
became convinced that it was Henrico who was muffled 
in the ample Spanish cloak. 


" When the enemy thus sheered off, I overhauled 
Charlie, and together we repaired on board. 

" On the following morning, at breakfast, the ball was 
freely discussed ; but Pembrook, who was usually an 
amusing aunotator of such events, was now exceedingly 

" Our first lieutenant was of the old Benbow school, 
seldom going on shore, and devoting himself to his pro 
fession with a zeal and earnestness rarely given. His 
doctrine of naval duty was carried to an extreme. He 
held the eccentric view that the executive and sheet- 
anchor were fixtures to the vessel. Though apparently 
over-exacting, and bluff in manner, no more manly or 
kinder heart throbbed beneath the naval uniform. He 
was what our ' sawbones ' termed a ' curio.' 

" Among the men the sobriquet of ( Billy Blowhard ' 
was cautiously applied to him. It originated from his 
practice of arraigning the boat's crews, on their return 
from shore-duty, hi the starboard gangway. With 
thumbs in vest, he would walk down the line, and, stop 
ping in front of each man, would exclaim : 

" ' Blow your breath, sir ! Blow hard ! Phew ! 
Stand out, you bottle-nibbing rascal ! ' 

" Thus he would select the men whose breath indicated 
they had been ' sucking the monkey ' on the sly. 

" ' Loblolly boy, bring up my antidote for the poison ! 
Here, my man, partake of this medicine ; it will preserve 
your life ' pouring out, at the same time, a wineglassfull 
of a nauseous mixture, compounded by himself, and con 
sisting of asafoetida, salts, and a dash of rhubarb. 

" ' This, my lads, is the famous panacea, the elixir of 
life the om<nium gatlierum^ as the learned have it, of 


correlative combinations, regenerative to the digestive 
organs. Down with it, you rascally imbiber of impure 
liquors ! ' 

" None dared to disobey ; and not the least part of the 
punishment to the culprits was the merriment indulged 
in by their shipmates, who gathered in the gangway, and 
laughed immoderately at their wry faces and lugubrious 
contortions. When the diseased organs were lubricated, 
as Lieutenant Walford termed it, he delivered himself 
thus : 

" ' Xow, men, Uncle Sam serves out daily rations of 
good and wholesome liquor, in accordance with the rules 
and regulations of the service. The articles of war ex- 


pressly stipulate that there shall be no drunkenness it 
means, of course, when on duty. On liberty, you can 
swill ad lib., as the learned have it. But I wish you to 
understand that, when I send you in the boats on duty, 
you shall refrain from temptation ; and those who weakly 
give way to a depraved appetite, shall, on conviction 
thereof, suffer such punishment as the executive shall 
adjudge. Go to your duties ! Boatswain's mate, call 
away the rigging gang ! ' 



the next day, Pembrook, not being restrained 
by duty, left early, to be in time for breakfast. 
As he passed over the side, he whispered : 

" ' Tom, by meridian, to-day, I shall have learned my 
fate. Give me your best wishes.' 

" l They are yours, dear Charlie, with all my heart 1 ' 
And I cautioned him again in regard to the animosity of 

" The day was oppressive, the duty fatiguing ; so, at 
eight o'clock, when my watch expired, I sought my cot 
for a slight repose, intending to meet my friend on his 
return from the Alhambra, for my interest was intensely 

" Midnight found us walking the deck together in ear 
nest conversation. Charlie's joyous manner indicated 
good fortune ; but I was anxious to have the recital in 

" ' So, my boy,' said I, ' the opportunity offered, and 
you made the most of it ? ' 

" ' Give me joy, Tom ; the prize is won ! On arriving 
at the Alhambra, the don was absent, attending to his 
mill. I met my lenze alone in the parlor, looking like 
an angel of loveliness and purity. Our hands met invol- 


untarily. I drew her to the sofa, and we were both seat 
ed. No words were uttered, and the silence was broken 
only by the beating of hearts that throbbed as audibly as 
the ticking of the master's chronometer yonder in the 
ward-room. At length I whispered : " lenze, dear lenze ! 
it is to say this that I have come to-day. I love you; 
and can* you reciprocate this holy sentiment ? " 

" ' The little hand trembled, but was not withdrawn ; 
the rosy tints mantled her lovely face. I could hear her 
heart throb louder and more rapidly. " It is true," I 
continued, with an eagerness I did not care to. conceal, 
" we have known each other but a few days ; but, dear 
lenze, how much of existence has been crowded into that 
brief period months and months of ordinary association ! 
I doubt if years would develop more knowledge of each 
other than we already possess. From the first hour of 
our meeting instinctively I Avas drawn toward you, and 
you were enthroned in my soul of souls ! " 

" ' I ceased, and slowly, slowly the downcast eyes were 
raised to mine ; the truth flashed out of them, and our 
lips met in a long, burning kiss. Thus, Tom, was I 
answered. f 

" ' The ice once broken, and then came the outpouring 
from the pent-up fountain of love, breathed in voice as 
musical as those of the birds that carol in Paradise. .Ah ! 
breakfast and the mundane affairs of life were forgotten 
in -this delicious interchange of vows. 

" ' I asked if she wished that her father should be 
approached by me at once. " Not until you return," she 
replied. " Your captain says the schooner will not long 
be absent. After your departure to-night, my father 
shall learn all from me. . Should he consent, it shall be 


announced to you ere you sail in the morning, in a bou 
quet. I know my father entertains a strong personal 
regard for you ; else he would not have permitted these 
visits, which his natural shrewdness would teach him 
were more on his daughter's account than his own." 

" ' "We discussed a thousand topics bearing on our 
future. The clear, good sense with which she expressed 
herself quite charmed me. But, Tom, this matter-of-fact 
" course " could not long be held ; so we went " in stays," 
or " box-hauled," on our " love-course," under a " taut 
bowline." In her sweet, confiding manner, she spoke to 
me of my first visit, her pleasing impressions, her reluc 
tance to bid me good-night, and her sadness when I had 
left. She told me of her hours of solitude, where every 
look, word, and action was recalled and dwelt upon, while 
all the time she was wondering why a stranger should so 
suddenly have absorbed her feelings. " At the ball," she 
said, " Henrico taught me the secret of my soul, when he 
whispered horrible threats against your life. For months 
he had persecuted me with his love. As my father's 
cousin, free and familiar access was accorded him to the 
Alhambra, where recently he could not be welcome* 1 by 
me. The first night he saw us together, the demon of 
jealousy was aroused in his heart. At the ball he strove 
to awaken fears for your safety, and partially succeeded. 
Not, though, in the direction he anticipated ; for, in my 
apprehension and alarm, he opened the hitherto-closed 
" volume of my heart. Oh, then, for the first time, I read 
the living truth ! Thank heavens, Ilenrico is now in 
Puerto Principe, where I trust he will stay. It is sinful, 
I know, to indulge in dislike towards a kinsman ; but I 
cannot help it. As you love me, Mr. Pembrook, avoid 


him. His temper is bad ; it might provoke a conflict, 
and that would be exceedingly painful to all of us. My 
father, like every noble Spaniard, is tenacious of family 
ties. Henrico, as his uncle's son, receives consideration ; 
otherwise I do not think he is a favorite." 

" ' The conversation was interrupted by the hasty en 
trance of the don, who exclaimed : " Why ! my daughter, 
is it your intention to starve Mr. Pembrook and myself ? 
Nearly eleven o'clock, and no breakfast ! What is the 
matter with my young housekeeper ? Bestir thee, child, 
and let us have the morning meal while yet it is morn 

" ' lenze gave me a meaning glance, broke into a merry 
laugh, and flitted away to obey her father. 

" ' When the repast appeared, neither lenze nor myself 
could scare up the least appetite. Indeed, Tom, we had 
already breakfasted,, and on such viands ! 

" ' Gloriously passed 'the day ! Over the extensive 
grounds we wandered, culling flowers, and admiring the 
beauties which Nature had here bestowed with bountiful 
hands. The earth and the sky seemed to smile approv 
ingly upon our love. Even the birds sang more sweetly 
as we passed along. 

" ' Night came but too quickly, as it brought the hour 
of separation. I kissed away the tears which stood in the 
eyes of my lenze, and, bidding the don farewell, turned 
my face to the sea. And here I am, Tom, happy, yet 

" Four bells were struck. It was two in the morning ; 
so I left the fortunate lover, and retired to my couch, 
wondering when the gods would likewise bless my hum 
ble lot. 


" At daylight the discordant cry (when one is sleepy) 
of ' All hands up anchor ! ' aroused me from dreamland. 
The shrill fife chirped as the crew ' walked away with the 
deck-tackle.' The anchor was weighed, and, like magic, 
a cloud of snowy canvas enveloped the schooner, and 
caught the propelling influence of an unusually light 

" Charlie eagerly watched the shore ; but no boat 
approached. His countenance fell, and so miserable was 
its expression of disappointment, that my own heart was 
deeply touched. I began to fear that obstacles had 
occurred that the don must have objected. 

" Slowly we glided from the harbor. Pembrook, with 
an expression of despair, ceased to gaze upon the shore, 
and with a sigh attended only to his duty. Just then I 
saw a boat leave the wharf, urged vigorously towards us 
by two strong oarsmen. They neared the schooner. In 
the stem-sheets a bunch of flowers could be discerned. 
Charlie's gaze followed mine, and the gloomy shadows 
were succeeded by an expression of extreme delight. 

" As the boat gained the side, our eccentric executive 
demanded of the oarsmen the nature of their business : 
a*nd the Spaniard at the helm displayed the flowers. 

" ' Ho ! ho ! ' he exclaimed ; ' some of those intriguing 
bum-boat women attempting to curry favor with the 
first lieutenant, eh ? My patronage cannot be obtained 
through bribery. Toss the cabbages overboard ! ' 

" Charlie promptly received the flowers, which wore 
accompanied by a note, and handed one in return, which 
had been prepared ere we tripped our anchor. The 
executive eyed the proceedings, and grumbled : 

" 'In hoc signo vinces, as the learned have it. Haul 


aft the sheets! brace up the head-yards! The sea- 
breeze is setting in early, sir,' continued he to the cap 
tain. ' What course .do you desire to steer \ ' 

" ' N.W. by W.," was the response. 

" The sails were retrimrned, and away dashed the little 
craft. In a few moments the beautiful Alhambra and 
its gorgeous surroundings were in full view. From the 
veranda a white scarf waved an adieu. It was responded 
to, of course. The speed of the schooner soon left the 
romantic spot below the eastern horizon. 

" When the watch was set, Charlie still held the deck. 
He had taken advantage of an opportunity to read the 
communication. I remember the language of that note 
even now, as well as when Charlie handed it for perusal. 
It ran thus : 


" ' Father came to my room after you left, and found 
me weeping. He seemed greatly distressed, and asked 
what was the matter if I was ill ? I threw myself upon 
his dear bosom, and faltered out our story. He looked 
grave for a time, but finally said : " My beloved daugh 
ter, do you think you know Lieutenant Pembrook sufii- 
ciently to thus promptly award him your affection ? " 
Then, Charlie, your language about brief days of ac 
quaintance came to my aid, and I became exceedingly 
eloquent. He listened attentively, and at last said : 
" Well, your lover is undoubtedly a fine fellow. I have 
taken quite a fancy for him ; but I must confess I did 
not anticipate this hasty proceeding. Why did he not 
speak, himself, to me ? " " Because, dear father, I 


requested him to postpone explanation until his return, 
as I preferred first entering the conf essional-lx>x." 

" i Well, Charlie, in brief, the interview was affection 
ate and satisfactory. I have not time to tell you more, 
for I am impatient to express my entire faith in your 
love and constancy. Emanuel waits ; he says you are 
leaving, and no time can be lost. Receive, dearest Char 
lie, the fond embrace and tenderest love of your own 

" The letter expressed all that man could desire, and 
Charlie was delighted, as well he might be." 

" Days and weeks, and at last two months, passed in 
the usual routine of naval life. We had made one visit 
to Key West for provisions, and returned to our station. 

" At last Zebara again loomed up before us, and the 
Alhambra was distinctly visible. By the aid of the glass 
a white flag could be seen waving from the veranda. 
The signal was responded to, and my friend trembled 
with excitement, and fear lest the captain might change 
his mind, and pass to the eastward. 

" Fortunately, no suspicious sails were in sight. The 
weather looked threatening ; so up went the helm, off 
flew the sheets, and away sped the saucy schooner before 
the brisk breeze for the mouth of the harbor. We were 
soon at anchor, and the usual official ceremonies took 

"A boat came alongside with a note for Charlie, 
which, in his excitement, he failed to show me. 

" Our kind-hearted executive, who by this time had 
obtained a clear insight into my friend's case, at once 
gave him liberty to go on shore. With a promise from 


me to meet him at the Alhambra, off he started on the 
wings of love. 

" I subsequently learned that the interview was warm 
and affectionate. The don, on being appealed to, replied 
that his daughter's happiness constituted his chief care in 
life, and, under the circumstances, he could make no 
objection to the engagement. The consummation he 
deferred until Charlie had finished his present cruise ; 
' and then,' said the old gentleman, ' your wanderings 
will have to cease. If it is the will of lenze to live in the 
United States, I'll sell this plantation and live there also. 
Her fortune is most ample, and no necessity exists for 
your following the harassing profession of the sea.' 

" In the evening I made my appearance at the Alham- 
bra, and was warmly received. Indeed, I began to regret 
that the don possessed not another daughter, with whom 
I might fall in love. 

" Our visit was prolonged to a late hour, when, taking 
leave reluctantly, we returned to the schooner. We were 
in the happiest spirits ; for I sympathized with my friend 
in the great joy that had befallen him. 




]UR zealous executive reported to the captain that 
in twenty-four hours the schooner would be 
watered, and ready for the continuation of her 
cruise. This information tallied not with Charlie's wish 
es ; but he tried to feel satisfied, as he was hopeful for 
the future. 

" Accompanied by the captain, whom the don had 
invited to spend the day at the Alhambra, Pembrook 
departed. At five in the afternoon my relief -duty ceased, 
leaving me at ,liberty to visit the shore ; which I did, with 
a view of bidding lenze farewell. 

" Passing up one of the narrow streets, I was suddenly 
confronted by Sefior Henrico. He had just returned 
from abroad, and had probably heard of the engagement 
of lenze. I judged so from the fiendish and repulsive 
expression of his countenance. He passed abruptly and 
without recognition, muttering curses quite audibly. 

" This unexpected rencontre was rather startling. 
Some vague, indefinable feeling of dread came over me, 
and it was with difficulty dispelled during my pedestrian 
transit from town to country. 

" In the veranda of the Alhambra I found seated the 
don and our captain. The fair lenze had just handed 


them coffee and cigars, and the like compliment was 
gracefully bestowed upon your humble servant. 

" ' By the by, Mr. Norris,' said the captain, ' as I was 
leaving Zebara, our consul presented an official letter 
from the commodore, ordering me to report to him at 
Key "West immediately. But for this dead calm, the cor 
net would at once have been hoisted at the fore, and a 
gun would have summoned the absentees from their 
elysium to the less agreeable duties of quarter-deck. As 
it is, I cannot sail until the land-breeze makes, in the 
morning ; so you must be on board this evening, with 
your friend. Duty, you know, before pleasure ! ' 

" The don expressed his sincere regrets, and the senorita 
looked disconsolate. 

" Knowing their association was now circumscribed, 
Charlie and lenze left the veranda to enjoy the privacy 
of the garden, and for the indulgence in those tender 
expressions of affection natural to the occasion. We of 
the veranda smoked, and conversed upon various themes 
of interest ; while ever and anon the forms of the lovers 
could be seen in the moonlight, earnestly conversing as 
they promenaded the garden avenue. 

" "Without impertinent curiosity, but from affectionate 
interest, I naturally watched their movements. Once I 
thought the shadow of a man passed in their rear. It 
was a fancy, no doubt. I looked again no, 'twas a real 
ity ; I could see it stealthily approach. A feeling of 
dread oppressed me. Rising to my feet and seizing my 
weapon, I started for the garden. 

" Alas, too late ! The assassin was upon them. An 
exclamation, then a scream of anguish, broke upon our 
ears. By the moon's light I saw the gleam of a knife. 


lenze threw herself before it. The assassin-hand stayed 
not ; the plunge was deep. Then followed the report of 
a pistol. 

" Rapid though my movements were, these terrible 
events occurred in a moment of time. Woeful was the 
scene that met my gaze ! Charlie and lenze were pros 
trate on the ground, their blood mingling in one ruddy 
stream. I heard a fiendish laugh and exclamation of tri 
umph, and, turning, my eyes rested upon the form of 
Henrico, who, wounded by Pembrook's pistol, was en 
deavoring to escape from the garden. Concentrated rage 
nerved my hand. I shot the scoundrel through the heart, 
and he fell dead by the fence. 

" The don, our captain, and the domestics, hearing the 
shrieks and report of tire-arms, hastened to the fatal spot. 

" Such a scene, my lad, as followed, language cannot 
portray. Side by side the lovers lay, profusely bleeding 
from wounds inflicted by the murderous knife of Hen 
rico. Bending over his daughter the horrified father 
knelt, and moaned in agony. 

" The lovers were conveyed to the house, and to the 
best of our ability the bleeding was stanched. In a 
brief time surgeons arrived, summoned through the cap 
tain's prompt thoughtfulness, and to them we intrusted 
the wounded. 

" On inspection, Charlie's injury, though serious, was 
pronounced not mortal. But, alas ! poor lenze was 
dying. Pale as marble, and as coldly insensible, this 
beautiful, heroic girl seemed gently passing to the land 
of spirits. I could not but reflect with pain upon the sad 
mutations of life, while gazing upon this splendid estab 
lishment and its exquisite surroundings, remembering 


how bright were the prospects and happy the anticipa 
tions which a moment of time had obliterated forever. 

" The captain decided that it was expedient to convey 
Charlie immediately on board of the schooner. I knew 
full well, when he recovered his consciousness and learned 
that death had snatched from him his heart's treasure, 
nothing could restrain or prevent his returning to the side 
of her mortal remains. 

" The sanity of a man of his strong feelings would, at 
such a sight, forsake him. Separated from it, the dread 
ful calamity might be gently and carefully made known 
to him, and his grief so softened by friendly solicitude as 
to open the floodgates of sorrow for the salvation of his 

" Placing Fembrook on a mattress in one of the don's 
carriages, with great care we conveyed him to the vessel, 
where, by the captain's orders, he was berthed in the 

" At the suggestion of the American consul, I wrote an 
official account of the affair, and explained that I had 
shot Ileririco the moment he committed assassination. 

" At day-dawn the captain came on board, deeply de 
pressed. I asked if lenze yet lived. 

" ' Yes ; the vital spark still lingers like a gossamer 
thread, suspending that sweet soul between earth and 
immortality. The physicians momentarily expect to 
close those beautiful eyes forever on this miserable world 
of ours. Her poor father clings to her side in mute and 
agonizing despair. I tried to speak to him. It was 
impossible. He Ijas no thought for anything but his ter 
rible affliction.' 

" I left a note of condolence, expressing a hope that 


God in infinite mercy would yet spare to him his incom 
parable treasure, and briefly stated it was necessary to 
sail, and every consideration required I should take Lieu 
tenant Pembrook with me. This is a horrible winding 
up of all the romance connected with our visit to Zebara. 

" We were soon slowly winding our way oceanward, 
while every one on board the little schooner was sadly 
depressed. Just as the offing was gamed, the solemn toll 
of the cathedral bell sounded over the swelling sea. 
Every head was involuntarily uncovered, and the deep 
silence was unbroken save by the whispered word, * She's 
dead ! ' 

" My heart was nearly bursting. ' Oh, leiize, my 
lovely sister my Charlie's almost wife ! are you really 
dead, or is this some horrible dream that tortures my 
soul ? ' I wept, and the dull, monotonous cathedral bell 
tolled on, l She's dead ! she's dead 1 ' In the cabin, poor 
Charlie groaned in anguish. 

" Fresh trade-winds blew our craft along. The Alham- 
bra, in all its natural loveliness, faded from our view, and 
the Atlantic waves broke sonorously around, seeming to 
murmur in solemn cadences, ' She's dead ! she's dead ! ' 





"WILL pass over all the details of poor Charlie's 
sufferings. The painful duty devolved upon me 
to break the awful news that left him seared 
and blighted in the first bloom of his manhood. 

" We were ordered to Norfolk, and it was not until the 
officers were detached from the vessel, and our steps 
turned to Charlie's home in Virginia, that I ventured to 
lift the curtain, and recite at full length the sad events of 
that fatal night at the Alhambra. 

" His aunt and lovely sister were tender and devoted ; 
but ' who can minister to a mind diseased, or pluck from 
the heart a rooted sorrow ? ' 

" He was ill for some weeks dangerously ill. When 
convalescent, at his request I wrote to the don. No an 
swer came to the sorrowing letter, and we feared that the 
poor father had joined his idolized daughter in heaven. 

" The White Sulphur Springs were visited, with the 
hope that change of scene and society might restore my 
friend. Physically, his health improved ; but not so his 
mind. A morbid sorrow preyed upon him ; and for 
hours he would sit alone, gating upon the face of lenze, 
miniatured by an accomplished artist, who had happily 


cn right her exquisite expression, and in living colors trans 
ferred it to ivory. 

" Ilis sister Mary a lovely girl nursed him with gen 
tleness and care. Our consultations as to the patient 
brought us into close and harmonious communion, and 
Well, never mind ; I'll say nothing about that at present. ' 
We at length agreed that it was necessary Charlie should 
be roused to action, and ordered to sea. 

" ' But,' said Mary, ( you must go with him, as I now 
hold you responsible for his safe return ; and when you 
deliver him, I'll render you a receipt in full ! ' 

" I attached more meaning to these words than Miss 
Maiy dreamed of. 

" And now, alas ! my friend is gone from me forever ! 

" Mr. Forbes, my story is told a sad, but o'er true 

At this moment seven bells struck. "Why, Mr. 
Forbes, we became so absorbed in the melancholy past, 
the duties of the ship have been accidentally neglected. 
Heave the log, sir, and note the last hour's velocity by 
the present. I do not think the wind has varied since 
our watch commenced." 

Mr. Forbes proceeded to call the men stationed at the 
log-reel. Nearing the taff-rail, he started back with a 
shout of alarm. 

Lieutenant Norris heard the cry, and hastened aft, 
when his eyes became riveted on a pallid face seen 
peering over the gunwale of the commodore's gig. 

" Oh, Pembrook ! Pembrook ! Does your spirit come 
to upbraid your friend? Poor Charlie, you know how 
dearly I loved you ! " 

A weak voice replied : 


" Tom, Tom, I am flesh and blood ; help me out of the 
boat ! To get into it from the rudder-chains has cost me 
hours of labor and perfect prostration. I'm here, old boy 
no ghost ! Come, Tom, do not weep, but assist me, 
and let us have no scenes ! " 

It was indeed Lieutenant Pembrook, saved by a mira 
cle. They helped him on deck, and, thus supported, he 
gained the carronade-slide. Paul rushed to Lieutenant 
Xorris' state-room, and returned with a tumbler of bran 
dy. In a few moments Pembrook revived sufficiently to 
explain the manner of his rescue. 

" I was standing," said he, " in. the lee-gangway, when 
the tornado gained its height. The main-sheet was slack, 
and, whipping about like mad, it struck and hurled me 

" Grasping, like all drowning men, at straws, I seized 
upon a rope towing alongside, and clung to it with fran 
tic energy. To hail, was impossible ; for, as the ship 
dashed furiously through the sea, I was incessantly sub 
merged ; and when coining to the surface, it was all I 
could do to regain my breath. 

" Suddenly the rope slackened. A horrible dread 
came over me, supposing it had parted, or was rendering 
through the block. But in a moment I. found myself 
close under the counter, drawn there by the eddy-current 
caused by the ship in her rapid velocity. 

" As she settled in the sea, I grasped the rudder-chains. 
Hope renewed my strength, and I clung to them with all 
the energy despair gives to drowning men. After repeat 
ed struggles, I succeeded in getting one leg across the 
chain ; the next effort was to secure myself, so that nei- 

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ther by the dip of the ship nor exhaustion from constant 
submersion should I be washed away. 

" A knife was in my pocket, but my clothes clung so 
closely to my body that some time elapsed before it could 
be extricated. I opened the blade with my teeth. Then, 
with great exertion, I cut the bight of the life-line, and 
passed the end round my person and the rudder-chain. 
You may possibly be able to conceive my fearful suffer 
ings in this position. The plunging of the frigate sub 
merged me deep into the sea, rising again just long 
enough to enable me to inhale breath for the next iminer- 


" Thank God, the squall was of short duration ; the 
swell gradually subsiding, my dives became less frequent 
and prolonged. Exhausted and suffering, it required a 
powerful exercise of will to command my fluttering 
senses. Vainly I endeavored to cry aloud for succor ; 
my tongue seemed to be glued to the roof of my mouth, 
and could utter no articulate sound. An age of misery 
overwhelmed me ; the events of my life arose in pano 
ramic view before my tortured mind. Earnestly I be 
sought our heavenly Father to forgive my sins and pro 
long my life yet awhile. 

" At length something came in contact with my face. 
I grasped it, and at once comprehended that it was the 
stern ' Jacob's ladder ' adrift from its sea-seizing. Hope 
dawned again. By a desperate effort I succeeded in 
securing the end of my life-line to the ladder and rudder- 
chains. This accomplished, drawing myself on the lad 
der-rounds, I cast off the lashing that bound me to my 
resting-place. Simple as this is in revelation, to my 
exhausted body it was a Ilerculean task. 


" By slow degrees I gained the gunwale of the gig. 
Here came the greatest difficulty, as my prostration was 
such it seemed an impossibility to reach the inside of the 
boat ; but struggling on, I eventually succeeded, falling 
powerless and insensible on the thwarts. How long I 
remained thus, I know not. Green fields, babbling 
brooks, the home of my childhood, with all its endearing 
scenes and reminiscences, appeared to my dreamy vision ; 
and, Tom, lenze appeared, smiling sweetly as of yore 
oh, so beautiful ! Pressing her lips to mine, she whis 
pered, as my poor brain fancied : ' There is joy in store 
for us, Charlie. "We'll meet in Rome ! ' I struggled to 
call her name and grasp her garments, but she faded, 
and the thrilling interview aroused me to consciousness. 
Then, Tom, I recognized you, and the evidence of your 
devoted friendship thawed my frozen blood, bringing 
back the power of speech." 

As Lieutenant Pembrook was anxious to avoid excite 
ment, he requested that his safety should riot be made 
known until the morning. His friend ISTorris, Paul 
Forbes, and the quartermaster, were all who were cogni 
zant of the rescue ; and, their silence being promised, he 
retired to his state-room. 

On the following morning, refreshed and invigorated 
from a good night's repose, he entered the crowded ward 
room, startling his messmates like a vision from the dead. 
Intense was the excitement and sincere were the con 
gratulations of his friends. 

The news soon circulated throughout the ship, and pro 
duced a furore of enthusiasm. None offered more hearty 
congratulations than the granite commodore, who on this 


occasion manifested an amount of feeling no one believed 
him capable of entertaining. 

Throughout the day nothing was discussed but this 
remarkable escape from death ; and the gallant Pern- 
brook had every reason to feel flattered with the demon- 
trations of regard exhibited by every one on board. 






T required but a brief time, under the exacting 
discipline of the commodore, to bring the ship's 
company into the most perfect order. The officers 
were ambitious that the gallant frigate should enter the 
Mediterranean in a condition to stand competition with 
the crack men-of-war of all nations, which on this sta 
tion, more than any other, indulge in general as well as 
national rivalry. 

The guns were admirably handled, and sail was made 
and shortened with wonderful rapidity ; giving satisfac 
tion even to the stern old chief, whose approbation could 
only be elicited by extraordinary alacrity on the part of 
his crew. 

On the eleventh day out, the weather, which had been 
most propitious since the night of the Gulf-stream tor 
nado, gave evidences of change. During the day the 
rigging became festooned with gossamer, resembling 
spider-webbing. The wind veered coquettishly four and 
five points in half an hour. 

At sunset the mighty luminary seemed loth to depart. 
Its blood-red rays, of unnatural density, lingered for 
many minutes on the sea of the western horizon. Over 
head rolled masses of leaden clouds. 

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The warnings of the barometer were carefully heeded 
by the experienced commodore. Signs of nature, hiero- 
glyphical to the uninitiated, were by him, from long 
experience, read with facility and acted upon with 
promptness and vigor. 

Light spars and masts were sent on deck ; booms, 
boats, guns, and everything liable to displacement by the 
plunging ship or rushing waters, were carefully secured ; 
preventer-braces, lif e-lines, and rolling-tackles were fitted ; 
tarpaulins and battens placed at hand for securing the 
hatches, and relieving-tackles manned in the ward-room. 

From the southward and eastward came a long, heavy, 
portentous swell, indicating that Nature in that quarter 
was experiencing some mighty disturbance. The dis 
tance of the atmospheric combat could not be computed, 
but the commodore knew hurricanes, in their wild and 
terrific flight, annihilated space. 

All these general warnings, at this season of the year, 
announced the approach of a terrible storm. The night 
was passed anxiously. Day dawned for a few moments 
only, and was speedily extinguished by an ominous dark 
ness, as black clouds settled densely down, obliterating 
the horizon outline. 

The mercury, which was anxiously consulted, continued 
to fall. On the starboard tack, the frigate, under close- 
reefed main-topsail and fore storm-staysail, plunged heav 
ily into the mountain waves. She looked like a prize 
fighter stripped to the buff, ready to do or die. 

Suddenly the first lieutenant, who had the deck, turned 
to the commodore, and exclaimed : 

" It's coming, sir ! See how it walls up to windward 
and ahead ! " 


" Hard up ! " said the commodore. " We'll take the 
first of it over our taff-rail, and bring her to the wind 
when its strength is felt." 

The helm was put a-weather, and she fell off. Down 
upon the frigate came the massive sea and howling wind, 
like an avalanche. Propelled by the blast, the good ship 
flew before it. A peal resembling the cracking of a 
thousand cart-whips announced the tattering of the pow 
erful close-reefed main-topsail. 

Promptly the main storm-staysail was hoisted, and the 
ship brought by the wind before the sea began its fearful 
surges. At this moment the hurricane scalped the crested 
waves to a smooth surface. Hatches were firmly battened 
down, as now the " storm-king," Azrael, had come riding 
upon the cyclone, the demon of destruction. 

Darkness shrouded the day, and a rain of salt, stinging 
like hail, blinded the eyes of the seamen whenever an 
effort was made to look to windward. 

The recently-subdued billows now began to topple 
again with their foaming crests. The scene was grand, 
but awful. The crew were all on deck, summoned by 
that terrible and rarely-heard cry of "All hands save 
ship ! " Eagerly were their glances turned to their com 
mander that indomitable old sea-lion who stood upon 
the " horse-block," a stranger to fear, and governing with 
an iron will the movements of five hundred men. 

No orders could be heard. The human voice was 
drowned in the hurricane. The disciplined mariners 
were governed by a wave of their commander's hand. 

Landsmen have often looked upon a tornado sweeping 
in mad fury over the earth. They have seen forests lev 
elled, and homes and temples crushed. But the seaman 


only has realized the effects of that greater power which 
comes from the combined rage of the air and waves. 

The theory of storms, at this period, had not been 
developed by those cyclone philosophers, Heid and Red- 
field. Every intelligent seaman understood the baromet 
rical warnings, though not, as now, how to act upon their 
prophetic instruction. 

Such was the height of the sea, that, but for the life 
lines, the crew would have been washed overboard. The 
gallant frigate breasted the waves like a steed conscious 
of the priceless burden he bears. 

Another day dawned dimly upon the ocelan. At seven, 
a sudden lull occurred, though the ship rolled fearfully. 

" Now, sir," said the commodore to the first lieutenant, 
" we'll have the storm back again at once in all its ter 
rors. See that your hatches are well secured, and our 
best helmsman at the wheel ! " 

The order was obeyed. Every officer seemed to nerve 
himself for the dread trial, as the information passed 
among them that the chief looked for worse to come. 

Inky darkness closed around the struggling ship, but it 
was broken every instant by the lurid streaks which shot 
across the sky, and these were followed by peal after peal 
of heaven's artillery. There was no wind as yet, but the 
waves tumbled against each other, as if drunk with 
anger. Ports were stove in, and, boats wrenched from 
their davits and crushed in this bacchanalian revel. Sud 
denly, like a million of demons howling in despair, the 
hurricane again burst forth. Every one on board ex 
pected to see the masts swept away, and the noble ship 
founder in the storm. It was well that the duration of 
the assault was brief. No fabric built by human hands 


could have survived this contest forty minutes longer. 
The struggle gradually subsided. As the clouds passed 
to leeward, the thunder and lightning ceased. A rising 
barometer was reported, and in an hour some blue sky 
seen above comforted the weary crew. 

" Mr. Person," said the commodore, " the struggle is 
over, and we have safely looked destruction in the face 
thanks to a kind Providence and stanch ship ! Pipe 
down, sir, and splice the main-brace. By meridian you 
can make more sail." 

At this moment an officer from the forecastle sang 

" Land, oh ! " 

" Impossible ! " responded the commodore. " "We are 
in the middle of the Atlantic ! Go forward, and look for 
yourself, sir." 

The executive struggled through the debris of the 
storm to the fore-rigging, and soon returned reporting 
" high land right ahead ! " 

" It may be an iceberg. If it is, the singular good for 
tune that has always attended this ship is again exempli 
fied in our making the island of ice in daylight, when a 
collision can be avoided. What a calamity, if we had 
ignorantly approached at night ! The ship must pay off, 
sir," continued the commodore. " Send a hundred men 
into the weather fore-rigging. In this sea it is a danger 
ous experiment, but there is no alternative. Put your 
helm up." 

These orders were instantly obeyed, and, like a drunk 
en man, the ship reeled under the pressure of overwhelm 
ing waves as they broke on board, sweeping everything 
not strongly secured before them. 


Shortly there arose, a little on the weather-bow, a huge 
monument of ice. There it floated, grand and lofty, 
amid the stormy waters, which broke in wild spray 
against its solid, clear, blue base. Born* in the Arctic, 
these monsters of Nature are torn from their icy homes 
by physical convulsions, and, through the action of mys 
terious currents, are floated to the southward, where they 
impede navigation, and hurl destruction upon any unfor 
tunate vessel that may be sailing in their path. 

As the frigate approached the gigantic wanderer from 
the polar regions, so extensive proved its area, it wu* 
necessary to give it a wide berth. The ship, under the 
influence of the heavy waves, did not fall off as freely as 
was required. 

" Goose-wing your foresail, sir ! She must pass well to 

Up went the hardy forecastlemen. They passed a 
stout lashing round the bunt of the foresail, and relieved 
the quarter-gasket. The moment the weather-tack was 
hauled taut and clew-garnet rendered, the wing of the 
sail swelled out and received the powerful pressure of the 
gale ; and, though small the surface presented, it bore the 
frigate off, with an irresistible force, three points from 
the frozen monster. 

All hands breathed freer ; but colder blew the wind, 
for the ship was still abreast of the iceberg. Under its 
enormous lee the wild waves ceased their tumult, and the 
gale was hardly felt. This transition to a comparatively 
peaceful sea was astonishing. For two miles this barrier 
shielded the vessel, while every one on board gazed with 
awe upon it. The end of this singular breakwater was 
reached, and with a wild plunge the ship again ploughed 


deep into the agitated billows, and the cyclone burst with 
renewed force upon her, so suddenly and powerfully, that 
the foresail was torn from the yard, and in fantastic rib 
bons fluttered for a moment in the rigging ; then, snap 
ping away, it passed .on the bosom of the gale. The 
main storm-staysail brought the frigate by the wind, and, 
as the seas became more regular, she labored less. 

The improving change in the weather continued to flat 
ter the exhausted crew with anticipations of relief. The 
regular watches were set, and refreshments obtained for 
the first time in twenty-four hours. 

Amonsr the officers, much admiration for the seaman- 

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ship displayed by the granite commodore was expressed. I 
The midshipmen, in their berths, freely discussed the 
manner of his handling the frigate ; and Kandal re 
marked to Paul : 

" I'll tell you what it is, my boy : as I looked upon his 
cool countenance when danger became so imminent, I 
freely forgave him for calling us ' d d young wiielps.' " 

Relief from peril restored appetites throughout the 
ship. How the grog, under the circumstances, was en 
joyed, none but the storm-tossed mariner can tell. Even 
the youngsters of the steerage indulged in the potent 
glass, and gave way to jollity and humor. 

In a few hours the sky put aside its cloudy mantle, and 
old Sol struggled to look amiable. Gradually the waves 
became less agitated, as blustering Boreas sobered down 
from his spree. 

Damages were repaired, new sails bent, and, when 
night came, single-reefed topsails no longer oppressed the 
frigate. In the hours of darkness double look-outs were 
placed forward, and the thermometer constantly used to 


find the temperature of the water. A fall of many 
degrees would indicate the proximity of another ice 

At daylight a clear sky and fresh N.W. wind found the 
frigate in her natural condition again, though the sea still 
exhibited turbulence. At eight bells the mast-head look 
out reported a sail one point off the lee-bow. But little 
attention was given to this ordinary occurrence at sea, 
and the crew were piped to breakfast. The relief look 
out repaired to his station on the topsail yard. He had 
not been aloft more than twenty minutes, before he 
reported the sail ahead to be, as he thought, a ship in dis 
tress. The midshipman of the watch received an order 
to take a glass and proceed to the mast-head. 

He looked at the vessel a moment, and reported : 

"A large ship, sir foremast gone, and flag half- 
mast ! " 

In the course of an hour the vessel could be seen from 
the deck. Hqr bowsprit and foremast were gone, and no 
sail was set save a balanced-reefed maintrysail. The flag 
displayed was American, half-mast, and Union down. 
In the hollow of the sea, the ship wallowed fearfully. 
To bear down upon her, became a matter of forty-five 
minutes. On her quarter was chalked : 

" "We are sinking 1 " 

As quickly as it could be gotten ready, canvas was dis 
played from the beam of the frigate, with the words : 

" I'll stand by you until boats can rescue." 

The sea still broke heavily, and the wind blew w r ith 
considerable violence. It was, as yet, impossible to use 
the boats, particularly as those on the boom had to be 
broken out; so the topsails were close-reefed and the 


main thrown back, to retain a safe and convenient posi 
tion for rendering assistance. 

"Mr. Person," said the commodore, "the weather is 
rapidly moderating; so, get up your yard and stay- 
tackles, for launching the first and second cutters, the 
only small boats the storm has spared us. Appoint Mr. 
Pembrook to one, and Lieutenant Norris to the other ; 
permitting them to select their own crews from among 
our most experienced men." 

"When it was reported that ladies were on board the 
doomed vessel, the officers were excited to unusual exer 
tions to proceed to the rescue. But the chief decided 
that it was not yet prudent to venture with the boats, as 
their loss would seriously cripple the frigate. Moreover, 
he judged, from appearances, that the unfortunate vessel 
would float for many hours. He promised 1 that, the 
moment his discretion dictated, the boats should proceed 
on their errand of mercy. 

Signals of distress continued from the vessel, and the 
officers watched with extreme anxiety for the expected 
lull that would permit them to proceed to the wreck. 
After waiting for two hours, the commodore determined 
to hazard his boats. Exercising extreme caution, the cut 
ters were safely launched, and sped on to the rescue. 

All the ladies fifteen in number were put into the 
boats from the merchantman, and on board the frigate, 
by her yard and stay-tackle. After great exertion, hardi 
hood, and energy, sixty souls were saved, consisting of all 
the passengers and crew, together with some of their 

While the cutters were being hoisted into iheir posi 
tions on the booms, the last agonies of the unfortunate 


vesssel were witnessed. She rolled deeply in the trough 
of the sea, which made a clear breach over her, settled 
deeper and deeper in the water, until with a whirl she 

The boats were secured, and away the frigate sped to 
the eastward, with flowing sheets and press of canvas. 

The commodore very kindly domiciled the ladies in his 
cabin. The gentlemen picnicked it in various parts of 
the ship. The thanks of the rescued passengers were 
rendered with warmth, and other thanksgivings ascended 
to heaven for the Divine interposition, when hope had 
fled, and a watery grave seemed inevitable. 

The captain of the lost vessel informed the officers 
that, two nights before, the cyclone had burst with such 
sudden violence upon him, that he lost his bowsprit and 
foremast in three minutes, together with three of his 
crew, his boats, and everything on his spar-deck. With 
extreme difficulty he cleared tlje wreck, and succeeded in 
setting a balanced-reefed main-spencer, which kept her 
for a time out of the hollow of the sea. " Bad as was 
my condition," said he, " I doubted not our ability to save 
the ship, as she was new and well-built. At meridian 
yesterday, the carpenter startled me by reporting five feet 
of water in the hold. The pumps were manned, but so 
fearfully blew the hurricane, and so overwhelming were 
the seas that boarded us, that little could be accomplished. 
I became convinced that the bowsprit, or foremast, had 
started some butts, as they thumped us violently before 
we could cut them adrift. This morning we had ten feet 
of water in our hold, and no doubt, but for that part of 
my cargo onsisting of cotton, we would have gone down 
hours before you sighted us. I am not a praying man, 


but, this morning, the sight of the terrible despair of my 
lady-passengers brought me to my knees, and I prayed 
earnestly for rescue. God listened to a sinner's plead 
ing ; for, as I rose from my knees, your noble frigate was 
seen bearing down upon us, looking like the ark of 
safety. If you could have heard the shouts of joy and 
gratitude, your hearts would have melted, as mine did, 
and felt that there is a God above who watches over the 
storm-tossed mariner." 

The passengers generally were bound to Europe, on a 
tour of pleasure. In a few days, under the influence of 
sympathy and courtesy, they recovered their cheerfulness, 
and became quite happy in the Jhope of an early arrival 
in Gibraltar. This anticipation was speedily realized by 
the announcement from the mast-head of " Land, oh ! " 
and the romantic shore of Spain hove in sight. Pro 
pelled by a gentle wind, the Pillars of Hercules were 
passed, and the frigate rode at last upon the Mediterra 
nean Sea. 

At daylight the next morning the dim, misty outline of 
the crouching lion rose above the horizon, indicating the 
famous rock of Gibraltar England's stronghold in the 
Mediterranean. In a few hours the harbor was entered, 
the anchor fell from the cathead, and the gallant ship 
rode to her moorings, as though no fierce gales had ever 
menaced her destruction. 

With all on board the frigate under the influence of 
beautiful scenery, peaceful waters, zephyr breezes, and 
lovely skies, the dangers and vicissitudes of the ocean 
faded from their memory. Living no longer in the 
gloomy past, they basked in the sunshine of the genial 


The American consul immediately visited the ship and 
promptly attended to the necessities of his suffering coun 
trymen. Accommodations were obtained for them on 
shore, and such monetary arrangements made as would 
further the objects of their visit to Europe. The strange 
episode at the commencement of their tour had rather 
increased than diminished their zest for travel. They 
were all wealthy, and the few losses experienced by the 
sinking of the ship were easily repaired. 

The tarry of the frigate in port was announced to be 
brief, as the squadron now assembled in Port Mahon had 
to be transferred to the new commander-in-chief. 

Those who could obtain leave to visit the shore, did so. 
Among the fortunate number of midshipmen were Ran 
dal, Paul Forbes, and Clifford. On landing, they passed 
through the " sally port," and entered the town. A queer 
multitude met their view. It was like a masquerade, in 
which all the nationalities of the earth, interspersed with 
British soldiers, were represented. The ear became be 
wildered with the mixture of different languages. 

Paul was particularly amused, and sang out to Randal : 

" By Jove, we are undoubtedly on the site of the 
1 Tower of Babel ' ! No other spot on earth can create 
such a confusion of tongues. It is t confusion worse con 
founded.' Let us explore, and obtain some evidence of 
the brickmanship of the ambitious * sons of Noah.' " 

" First," replied Randal, " we must examine into the 
masonry of the Spanish projectors and John Bull per- 
fectors of these stupendous fortifications, said to be 
impregnable to the ordnance of the present day." 

The gentlemen proceeded to the galleries, three tiers in 
number, connected with each other by flights of stair- 


ways, and extending a half a mile through the solid rock. 
Each gallery is sufficiently spacious to mount heavy guns, 
and is provided with commodious magazines, not only for 
powder, but for three years' provision, with water-tanks 
in abundance. This visit was exceedingly interesting, 
and occupied some time. Thence they ascended by a 
narrow pathway to the signal-station, situated on the most 
elevated part of the rock, some sixteen hundred feet 
above the level of the sea. 

Arriving on the apex, they stood upon an insignifi 
cantly small area of land, or rock, on which the neat sig 
nal-house is located with its flag-staffs. Here the mid 
shipmen were politely received by a veteran sergeant of 
fifty years' service in the British army. The position as 
a sinecure is awarded to long and faithful service, though 
a younger pair of eyes performs the actual signals. 

From this often cloud-capped eyry, when the sky is 
clear, a " far view " of great interest meets the eye. To 
the southward rise grimly the sombre cliffs of Africa. 
Eastward spreads the blue Mediterranean, dotted with 
vessels warlike and commercial, yet so great in the dis 
tance that they resemble white sea-gulls floating on the 
water. From north to west, until opening the Atlantic, 
the land of Spain presents its rugged, melancholy out 
lines, destitute of trees and verdure. Mouldering towers 
rise in their dilapidation from many a hill-top monu 
ments without history, save in the traditions of the fasci 
nating and chivalric contest between Moor and Christian. 


The venerable sergeant in charge had braved the bat 
tle's fire for fifty years, in many climes. He had been in 
India, America, the Peninsula, France, and, finally, at 
Waterloo, where he had lost his left arm. With such 


memories, lie was fond of talking of the past, particu 
larly when an attentive party of visitors sought his reve 
lations, and purchased the old English cheese and ale 
which he kept for the accommodation of the pedestrians 
who clambered to his lofty station. 

Our young gentlemen made themselves comfortable, 
and enjoyed the magnificent view ; then, leaving the old 
subaltern to the enjoyment of his cherished pipe, they 
wound their way down the broken pathway, bringing up 
at the " Three Anchors " a " Posada " of naval celeb 
rity since the days of Nelson. There they had an excel 
lent dinner, as the market of Gibraltar is unsurpassed in 
the Mediterranean. 

Towards the cool of the day a visit to the parade- 
ground afforded much gratification, in the opportunit} 7 it 
offered of witnessing the drill of the Highland regiment. 
Nothing could have been more beautiful than the appear 
ance of the Scots in full national costume, the bagpipes 
playing " The Campbells are coming " as they entered 
the military arena. 

The drill was mechanical and exact, to the uniform 
movement of a finger. Randal appeared to think a 
Florida campaign would take all this starch out of the 
brave fellows. 

The sundown-gun paid its parting salute to the day, 
and before its reverberations over land and sea had 
ceased, the frigate's boat, containing the young gentle 
men, was returning. The anchor was weighed, and, 
under a wide spread of canvas she made her passage 
eastward, propelled by a strong westerly wind. 

A few days more, and Mount Toro, the great landmark 
of Majorca, rose up like a monument out of the sea. 


Rapidly the low land appeared, and finally the village of 
Georgetown, connecting with Port Mahon. 

Entering the narrow mouth of this excellent harbor, 
its spaciousness could be appreciated as the heights of 
Georgetown were passed. Spectators on this elevation 
could look down upon the deck of the vessel, and every 
word that passed be distinctly heard. 

As the arrival of an American man-of-war was always 
a pleasant event, the gathering on Georgetown heights to 
welcome the Nautilus embraced the majority of the pop 
ulation of Port Mahoii. The shouts to the crew by the 
free-and-easy lasses of sailor associations excited hilarity, 
which stern discipline could not always check. 

Like magic, sail was reduced and promptly furled, and 
the anchor caught the bottom. At length, by the use of 
an absurd number of hawsers (a singular proclivity of 
the Port Mahon pilots), the frigate was eventually moored 
off Califagara Point. 

Then came the rush of visitors, all considering them 
selves entitled, by consanguinity or long associations, to a 
prompt and favorable reception. 

Conspicuous for friendly attention appeared Pons the 
hatter, Pons the tailor, Pons the boot-maker, Pons the 
butcher, Pons the baker, Pons the rope-maker, Pons the 
monte-dealer, Pons the pilot, Pons the wine-merchant, 
and so on ad infinitum, until the appearance of the 
Ophelia family, who stretched into as many professions 
as the Ponses. All spoke English. 



Navy Yard for many years had been 
rented to the Government of the United States 
by Spain. In this port the squadrons refitted 
and provisioned. The place received almost its entire 
support from the expenditures of the officers and the 
American Government. The poor particularly appre 
ciated the frigate's presence, as they were the recipients 
of Jack's superfluous allowance of bean-soup, which was 
regularly served out to them as a matter of charity. 

The lower streets of the town were thronged with sail 
ors' boarding-houses, blazoned all over with characteristic 
sign-boards. Some of these read thus : 

" Brother sailor, please to stop 
And help a shipmate strap a block." 

Above this motto were two Jack Tars in muster-trim, 
one holding a block in one hand and a bottle in the other. 


The sailor who was thus apostrophized would be consid 
ered a blockhead if he failed to " heave to " and take a 
pull at the inviting bottle. 


Near at hand there was : 

" My jolly sailor, stop and see 
What fine fruit this tree gives me." 

Of course, the natural supposition would be, that the 
tree referred to was of the apple species ; but, in place 
of rosy pippins ripening on the limbs, a crop of bottles, 
supposed to contain apple brandy, were clustering luxu 
riantly on every branch. 

Ancient mariners, waving in unison the American and 
Spanish flags, and paintings of several popular American 
men-of-war, were, however, the more customary signs of 
invitation to the sailor enjoying his liberty in Port 

The aristocracy of the island were generally in indi 
gent circumstances. This, coupled with their native 
pride, constrained them to live in almost complete exclu- 
siveness. A few, however, of the best families received 
visits from the American officers, and attended the balls 
given by those gentlemen. It was no unusual circum 
stance, too, for officers of the service to book themselves 
for matrimony in this ancient isle of the sea. 

At length the equipments were completed, and once 
again the ship entered upon the uncertain waters of the 
Mediterranean uncertain, because the sudden change 
from a calm sea to one of extreme violence was of ordi 
nary occurrence. The term " Mill-Pond Mediterranean " 
might answer very well for occasions, but when old 
Boreas does take the bit between his teeth, he dashes off 
with a boisterousness hardly exceeded in any quarter of 
the globe, heaving up billows as dangerous to the mari 
ner as those so often met off Capes Cod and Ilatteras. 


In a few days the frigate arrived at Malta, and an 
chored in the harbor of Lavalette, among some twenty 
English men-of-war. 

The etiquette of the navy was strictly observed here. 
Constantly could be heard the turn-out of the guard, the 
boatswain's long, winding whistle of ceremony, and the 
roll of drums, as the commanders of the naval craft in 
the harbor called to pay their respects to the American 
frigate. The condition of the Nautilus was superb, and 
defied the most jealous scrutiny of its visitors. John 
Bull especially was exceedingly courteous in his expres 
sions of admiration. 

Malta is interesting as the once proud citadel of the 
knights. That community have passed away, leaving but 
a name, and the powerful fortifications of Lavalette, to 
be a monument of their former military greatness. The 
harbor, as a naval station, is unsurpassed. 

Bidding adieu to Malta, the ship was soon among the 
islands of the Grecian archipelago, anciently the ^Egean 
Sea. Touching at Milo, a Greek pilot was obtained, and 
a course steered for Athens. 

Every reefer, fresh from his books* had read of Greece, 
once the school of learning and the home of philosophy, 
preeminent in arts and arms. 

Anticipations of the visit to the grand old ruins of 
Athens excited a desire to become better acquainted with 
its history. The boys took to reading diligently, and the 
steerage conversation was now garnished with classical 
allusions. Jokes were for the time abandoned when a 
place of such interest was being approached. 

In due time the frigate anchored off the Piraeus mole, 


with the temples and the renowned Acropolis standing 
out in bold relief against the northern sky. 

Some six miles nearer, the Pirceus, which is the seaport 
of Athens, spread out its long line of ignoble edifices, 
which contrasted absurdly with the magnificence as de 
scribed of the days of Pericles. 

Paul, of course, was of the first party leaving the ship 
on a visit to Athens. Gayly the young men galloped 
along over the broken road, looking in vain for the high 
walls, sufficiently wide for the double roads which in the 
time of the ancients connected Athens with the Pirseus. 
Nothing remained to indicate that such structures ever 
existed. The presumption is, that the materials were 
used for ordinary building purposes years ago. 

Benton remarked that, to visit celebrated cities of 
antiquity, was to " learn to unlearn " to witness the 
vicissitudes of time. 

" Out upon time, it leaves no more 
Of the things to come than the things before ; 
Out upon time, it will forever leave 
Enough of the past for the future to grieve." 

The steps of the visitors were first turned to the famous 
Acropolis, or Athenian citadel. It was guarded by a 
Bavarian soldier, whose special duty was Jo prevent the 
depredations which travellers had been in the habit of 
committing. The niche where stood the famous colos 
sal statue of Minerva, the titular deity of Attica, still 
remains. All else is one crumbling mass of dust and 
broken columns, the effect of the Venetian bombardment 
in 168Y. Then was almost annihilated the celebrated 
Parthenon, erected by Pericles, and embellished by the 


immortal genius of Phidias. The chariot of Victory, 
which graced the west pediment of this temple, was at 
the same time demolished, though not by cannon. The 
conquerors made repeated though futile efforts to remove 
this wondrous trophy to Venice. 

The reefers wandered about the citadel, thinking more 
of the past than of the present. It was mournful to them 
to witness the ruins of what was once perfection in archi 
tecture and sculpture. 

Leaving the Acropolis, they stood on Mars' Hill, or the 
Areopagus, the great council-seat of Athens. The altar 
dedicated to Minerva had disappeared, but two rude seats 
of stone, for defendant and accuser, were pointed out. 
As their eyes took in the view from this open eminence, 
their minds naturally went back to those days when the 
Athenian orators spoke those words of burning eloquence 
which even in our time quicken the blood and nerve the 
heart. From this spot they, too, gazed upon the same 
Hymettus mountains, the Acropolis, and the ./Egean Sea. 

Here, before the august tribunal of the Areopagus, St. 
Paul was once arraigned as a " setter forth of strange gods." 
" And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, 
saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof 
thou speakest, is ? . . . Then Paul stood in the midst 
of Mars' Hill, and said : Ye men of Athens, I perceive 
that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed 
by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this 
inscription, To THE UNKNOWN GOD. "Whom therefore ye 
ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you." 

The temple of Theseus is the most perfect of all the 
ancient Grecian edifices of renown. One of its pillars 
was struck by a cannon-ball, and so badly cracked, that 


Lord Byron afterwards caused it to be bound together 
with a hoop of iron. 

The city is built with no regard to regularity. The 
streets are narrow and dirty, the people indolent and 
thieving, and, as a class, generally disreputable. The 
houses gave evidence of being mostly built of granite and 
marble stolen from the ruins of former greatness. 

Riding through Athens, the young gentlemen involun 
tarily repeated the words of Byron : " 'Tis Greece, but 
living Greece no more." 

At sunset they were once more on board ship. 





X the following morning extra attention to neat 
ness of the ship was bestowed, in anticipation of 
a visit from the king and queen of Greece. 
Paul Forbes, as " commodore's aid," received orders to 
prepare the barge, and hold himself in readiness to con 
vey the royal party on board. 

At ten o'clock, fifteen fine, hardy-looking seamen, and 
the aid, in full dress, maimed the barge and left for the 
Piraeus mole. 

A few moments after arriving at the landing, a car 
riage, escorted by a troop of Bavarian cavalry, drew up 
at the head of the mole, followed by another. From the 
first descended King Otho, dressed in a Bavarian gen 
eral's uniform, and decorated with the order of St. 
Hubertus. He handed from the carriage his young and 
beautiful queen, arrayed in the romantic costume of the 
country. Her dark-brown hair was set off to advantage 
by the richly embroidered red cap and falling silk tassel. 
The jacket of crimson velvet displayed to perfection her 
exquisitely-rounded shoulders, full bust, and tapering 
waist girded with a Persian scarf of blue silk. Her 


snow-white skirt fell midway between the knee and 
ankle, displaying limbs covered with rich red velvet leg- 
gins, highly embroidered to the instep, and meeting tiny 
glazed slippers of Parisian make. 

Accompanying the queen was Madame "W , an 

English lady, who acted as the grand dame of the pal 
ace ; and also a daughter of Marco Bozzaris, who was a 
tall, handsome young lady, with a straight, classical pro 
file. The celebrated Ilydriot, Admiral Miaulius, and a 
manly youth, the son of Marco Bozzaris, attended upon 
the king. 

They entered the barge, Paul handing the queen to her 
seat with that modest assurance peculiar, we believe, to 
all midshipmen. 

On the passage to the ship a slight breeze blew the 
spray of the oars over the stern-sheets, sprinkling the 
party ; whereupon Paul gallantly threw his cloak around 
her Majesty. 

On the quarter-deck of the vessel were gathered the 
officers. The marine guard presented arms, the band 
performed the national air of Greece, and the reception 
took place. After the personal presentation in the cabin 
was over, the royal party inspected the ship, and appeared 
to be delighted. More especially so was Admiral Miau 
lius, who was minute in his inquiries, and closely exam 
ined the equipments and armament of the ship. 

Refreshments were handed around, but, unfortunately, 
nothing inviting was presented. As for the ice-cream, 
the rascally boatman who brought it on board had up 
set the freezer, and turned it back again well seasoned 
with salt. Of course, the queen did not enjoy the mix 
ture, and put it aside with quiet delicacy. 


Dancing was said to be her particular weakness ; so, on 
an intimation from her Majesty, the band struck up an 
inspiring waltz. Away went the royal pair over the deck. 

"When the music paused, the queen sent young Bozzaris 
to the commodore to express her desire to waltz with him. 
The embarrassed old gentleman apologized, and referred 
to his aid as his deputy in all such indulgences. The 
young gentleman responded with alacrity for his com 
mander, and whirled her Grecian Majesty around with as 
much zest as if she had been but a sefiorita at the masked 
balls of Port Mahon. 

This visit was protracted until a late hour, the time 
passing pleasantly in exhibitions of naval gunnery, board 
ing, repelling boarders, etc. When the party manifested 
their desire to depart, the barge was again placed at their 

This time Paul waited not for the intrusive spray, but 
again enveloped the queen in his cloak. After landing, 
he escorted her to the carriage, where he received her 
thanks, with a sweet smile and many complimentary 
remarks, and an invitation to visit at the palace. 

The frigate remained but a day longer. From the 
Piraeus she sailed to Cape Colonna, where the young mid 
shipmen visited the once magnificent temples of Minerva 
and Jupiter Olympus. Sixteen columns of the latter 
were still standing. The interest awakened in visiting 
this spot is doubtless enhanced, when it is remembered 
that here Faulkner met with his disastrous shipwreck. 

The frigate then sailed for Smyrna, Scio, Tenedos, 
Syria, Candia, and, after an absence of four months, 
returned once again to the friendly harbor of Port 


While overhauling and provisioning the ship, a melan 
choly occurrence cast a gloom upon' the steerage. Paul 
joined a party of young gentlemen on a visit to the mon 
astery on Mount Toro, a lofty eminence in the middle of 
the island, commanding a far view over the Balearics and 
surrounding sea. Before leaving, he exchanged his cloak 
with his friend Midshipman Talbot, for a warm pea- 
jacket, better calculated for equestrian service. 

The night after his departure was cold and rainy. On 
retiring, Mr. Talbot hung the cloak at the head of his 
hammock, ready for service on his morning watch. At 
four A.M. he was called to duty, and, after dressing, 
turned for the cloak. It was missing, but he soon discov 
ered it, thoroughly saturated with water, lying on a camp- 
stool. The weather being intensely cold, his indignation 
increased proportionately ; and in this frame of mind he 
repaired on deck. 

At seven bells he entered the steerage, and called up 
the young gentlemen. When they were all aroused, he 
demanded to know who had been guilty of the outrage. 

There was no response for a time, until one of the 
midshipmen turned to a mischievous little youngster, and 

" Flaker, why do you not speak up at once, and tell 
Talbot that you wore the cloak ? " 

Thus spurred on, the boy said, pertly : 

" I took the cloak ; and what do you make of it ? " 

" That you are an impertinent puppy ! " And he 
slapped the youngster's face. 

An older midshipman, whose name was Bruster, 
stepped out, and said : 

" 'Tis a cowardly act, sir, to strike one so much your 


inferior in strength. Turn your wrath on me, sir, if you 
dare ! " 

" I dare ! and therefore please consider that the chas 
tisement inflicted upon the impudent brat is applied to 
yourself ! " 

Words and blows followed ; but the stern voice of the 
first lieutenant instantly quieted the altercation. From 
the well-known character of the parties and grave looks 
of the " oldsters," all felt assured the affair had not ter 

During the day Paul returned, and, after an interview 
with Talbot, it was evident, from the sadness of his coun 
tenance, that something very serious was on the tapis. 
This impression was confirmed from frequent ceremoni 
ous interviews between certain parties. 

An effort was made to bring about a reconciliation, but 
it proved abortive. The challenge to mortal combat 
passed, and was accepted by Talbot. Both young men 
were highly regarded in the steerage, and the difficulty 
was therefore deeply deplored, and by none more than 
the youngster whose flippancy and thoughtlessness had 
.involved his friend. 

On the following day many of the midshipmen visited 
the shore, among them Talbot and Bruster, with their 
seconds. The affair, like all such on board of a man- 
of-war, was managed with secrecy and adroitness. At 
eleven A.M., in a retired spot behind the graveyard, the 
parties met. 

Paul Forbes acted for his friend Talbot, and even at 
the eleventh hour made another and a final effort to bring 
about an adjustment; but Bruster was inflexible. A 


blow had been struck, and no apology could obliterate 
such an insult. 

.Duelling in America, but more particularly in the 
navy, was then a fixed institution. The General Govern 
ment had enacted stringent laws against it, as had also 
the Legislatures of every State in the Union. Philan 
thropists denounced the code as a relic of barbarism, and 
the pulpit pronounced it to be a defiance to God's holy 
law, which declared that vengeance belonged to Omnipo 
tence alone. Xevertheless, while society could not sus 
tain the institution on the grounds of law or morals, it 
did not frown it down, nor hesitate to approve of an 
appeal to it on points of honor. AVith public opinion, to 
decline a challenge to fight a duel was to fix upon one's 
self the stigma of cowardice. If such was the fiat in 
civil life, how much more so was it in the military and 
naval professions ! 

Young officers of the navy seemed to fancy that their 
status was not established in the service until they had 
burnt powder under the rulings of- the celebrated " Tip- 
perary Articles " a copy of which could be found in the 
preface of every midshipman's journal. The conse 
quences to the naval service of the encouragement of this 
questionable institution were the frequent loss of valu 
able lives and the infliction of disabling wounds. 

The principals who now stood upon the field of strife 
were both Virginians, young, high-strung, intelligent, and 
exceedingly proud. When summoned, they advanced 
with firm step, and lifted their caps, as they approached, 
with chivalric courtesy. In a moment the souls of both 
might be called before their Maker, to give an account of 
the deeds done in the body. Solemn as was the position 


they held towards each other, yet calm and determined 
were their countenances, over which not a shadow passed 
nor muscle quivered. 

The seconds placed the weapons in their hands, and 
announced the rules by which the duel was to be gov 

" Gentlemen, you will hold your pistols muzzle down, 
and perpendicularly to the ground. At the question, Are 
you ready ? answer Yea, or Nay. If both respond in the 
affirmative, the words will follow, Fire ! one two 
three cease ! " 

Paul retired a short distance at right angles, and there 
was a sad, ominous silence of about forty seconds, which 
seemed an age of suspense. Having won the word, and 
with a clear intonation, he exclaimed : 

" Gentlemen, are you ready ? " 


" Fire ! one two three " 

At the word " two," both pistols exploded simultane 
ously. The combatants stood firm, apparently untouched. 
Their seconds approached, when Bruster slowly leaned 
forward, tottered, and then sank heavily upon his face, 
before his friends could arrest the fall. 

The surgeon hastened to his assistance. He opened 
the vest, tore aside the blood-stained shirt, and there, on 
the right breast, the life-stream of this gallant Hotspur 
was gushing forth upon the damp soil. The surgeon 
shook his head as the probe followed the j?assage of the 
ball. Ceasing the operation, he compressed the wound, 
bandaged it, and directed that the body should at once be 
taken to the hospital. 

Talbot stood like one stricken with palsy. Heavy 


drops of perspiration rolled down his cheelcs. The eyes 
that a moment before had been eagle-like in intensity, 
mellowed like the dove's, and swam in tear^of agony. 

" My God ! " he cried, " I have killed my old friend ! 
Miserable man that I am ! miserable, miserable man ! 
Paul, is there no ,hope ? Ask the doctor ! Bruster 
must not die ! for, if that shot proves fatal, my exist 
ence henceforth will be one of wretchedness ! " 

He was led from the ground the picture of despair. 

The wound was fatal. Poor Bruster lingered uncon 
sciously throughout the day and night, his mind wander 
ing to the beautiful valley of Virginia, whose green fields 
he would see no more. Mother and sister, in his feverish 
fancy, were by his side. It was painful to hear his ex 
pressions of devoted love ; but still more so when he 
called upon one dear name, and grasped, in his delirium, 
a braid of raven hair, now saturated with his gore. 
Gradually these paroxysms ceased ; he breathed more 
gently, more feebly ; and we could hear, as his life 
passed away, the words, " Mother kiss me, Emily ! " 
The light of day entered the room as the vital spark 
passed into the solemn darkness of death. 

They buried poor Bruster with military honors in the 
naval cemetery. A monument was placed over his grave 
by his shipmates. As the sun threw its rays upon the 
home of the dead, they disclosed many a broken marble 
shaft, that told a like tale of death resulting from the 
" code of honor." 

The commodore manifested much excitement when the 
melancholy information was reported. He at once 
ordered the arrest of Talbot, and expressed his determi 
nation to try him by court-martial. But it is presumed 


that reminiscences of his own youthful indulgence led 
him to abandon his first intention. The affair ended in 
Talbot's being sent home. 

In a brief time he retired from the navy, a gloomy, 
unhappy man ; nor was he heard of in after years, until 
the war of secession brought him out of obscurity, at the 
head of a splendid Virginia regiment. He fought gal 
lantly under General Lee, and found a soldier's grave at 






clouds of sadness oppressing the spirits of the 
steerage inmates gradually disappeared as time 
wore on. One evening the hammocks had been 
slung, and, as was their wont, the " reefers " gathered 
around the mess-table for the usual interchange of yarns 
or amusing conversation. 

Randal, who was a passed midshipman, had an unctu 
ous humor, and his stories always interested his hearers, 
and generally excited uproarious laughter. On this occa 
sion, cacoethes loquendi seemed to have taken possession 
of him ; and, at the request of the mess, he gave his 
experiences in New York city prior to joining the frigate. 

" Well, boys, I've no objections to relate the incidents 
of my city cruise, if you youngsters will keep quiet and 
listen attentively. My adventures may point a moral, if 
they do not adorn a tale. 

" The bump of philopf ogenitiveness is a family pecu 
liarity of the Randals. I judge so from the early mar 
riages and lots of progeny portrayed by the genealogical 
tree in which our tribe are described, root, body, and 
branch. It must be so, for, when I was appointed a 

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' reefer ' in Uncle Sam's navy, at the infantile age of 
fourteen, my first thought after mounting the eagle-but 
tons was the selection of a wife, supposing it would be a 
capital appendage to my exalted rank in the service. 

"My parents put a stopper on these juvenile aspira 
tions ; 'but I do not think they either convinced or cured 
me of what they termed my 'boyish absurdity.' I 
remember, after eight months' sea-experience, we an 
chored at the Cape of Good Hope. 

" I visited the shore, and put up at the best hotel of 
the place. Among the chambermaids was a pretty, 
plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch girl, who gave me so many 
admiring glances, that my over-susceptible heart melted 
like new-made butter under the rays of the sun. 

" Twenty-four hours was quite sufficient to settle the 
business. I told my tale of love. She ' Ya'd,' and the 
matter would have been arranged, only I had broken my 
liberty, and was unceremoniously walked on board by the 
lieutenant of marines arrested as a deserter. The cap 
tain gave me a jolly overhauling. I rather suspected, 
from a quizzical look out of the starboard corner of his 
eye, that he was not entirely ignorant of the heart-rend 
ing circumstances which brought upon me the infliction 
of his official indignation and the severity of his nautical 

" The ship left the harbor, and, by the captain's order, 
your humble servant was ' mast-headed.' My feelings 
'were too deeply oppressed, and heeded not the punish 
ment. I rather gloried in watching from such an emi 
nence the big sign of the hotel that contained the form 
of my darling fraulina. I pictured her misery, and 
imagined the number of plates she would demolish in 


her absence of mind, while thinking of her fond and 
' arrested ' lover. 

" At last the land faded from view, and the awkward 
ness of my elevated position was by this time fully real 
ized. Night came, but no relief. There I sat, clinging 
to the topsail-tie, as the ship plunged from sea to sea like 
a wild Arabian over the Mountains of the Moon. 

" Every hail to the foretop from the officer of the deck 
caused me to listen anxiously, anticipating the call for 
my dethronement. If elevation was considered regal, 
such royalty I heartily confounded, and longed for the 
comforts of my humble hammock. Half of the night I 
occupied this airy and chilling position. Love, with me, 
must be a comforting institution, otherwise it would 
never thrive under physical torture. But, to end the 
matter, an hour after midnight I was called to the deck, 
as completely restored to my normal condition as any 
devil-may-care ' reefer ' on board. 

" During the rest of the cruise the captain managed, 
some way or other, to have a strict surveillance exercised 
over me ; and whenever my too tender heart manifested 
a disposition to relapse, a word about the captain and 
mast-head, whispered in my lug, brought me back to this 
mundane sphere, as cool as a cucumber. 

" Well, my period of probation passed, and at last, 
with my head stuffed with ' Bowditch,' ' Dorsey Lever,' 
' Douglass' Gunnery,' and manuscript seamanship, I made 
my appearance before five of our bully post captains, as 
subdued a sucking Nelson or Decatur as ever stood before 
the ' Teaser.' They carried all my masts away, and 
coolly told me to ' claw off a lee-shore.' They knocked 
the bottom out of my ship, and ordered me to stop the 


leak. Then they ' clubbed and boxed ' me, until my 
mind was turned into a cyclone. But it all ended in 
encomiums upon my abilities and reconstructive powers. 

" The don, our mathematical Hidalgo, spread me on 
the ' gridiron,' roasted me with a ' meridian altitude,' 
brought on temporary insanity with ' a lunar,' sent me to 
the * pole-star,' and, at last, buried me with the ' sextant.' 

"In mathematics, seamanship, and navigation, I was 
pronounced a trump, and they played the ten of spades 
against my name. So, with a ' flush,' I passed, and was 
a ' right bower ' with all the boys who had not weathered 
the fiery furnace. 

" Such was my examination a fearful ordeal for those 
who are not well prepared, a mere bagatelle to the prop 
erly-stuffed midshipman. The Navy Department hast 
ened (that is, in three weeks) to inform me I was booked 
on the register as a ' passed midshipman.' I backed my 
anchor, gobbled up the increased pay, and felt that, on 
seven hundred and fifty per annum, John Jacob Astor 
was only a penny-whistle to my brass trumpet. 

"Baltimore being too much of a village for one so 
puffed up with greatness as myself, I adjourned to the 
city of New York, though Paris was really my proper 
sphere. I patronized only those restaurants where the 
French dishes were served up d la, mode. 

" A tour of one month, sailing with studding-sails on 
both sides, at the rate of many dollars an hour, soon 
brought me up i all standing ; ' and the necessity for sail 
ing ' by and large,' under reduced canvas, forced itself 
upon my nautical noddle. 

" Speaking of noddles, reminds me that the bump of 
amativeness had rapidly redeveloped since I acquired 


elevated rank in the navy. As my funds sank low, the 
necessity for a permanent recuperation forced itself upon 
my understanding. I took to a reasonable but fashion 
able boarding-house. There were a number of good- 
looking ladies sojourning in the select establishment. 
Knowing my weakness, I carefully informed myself of 
each one's financial status, and, being warned of their 
pauperish condition, steered ray bark safely through the 
rocks and shoals that beset my pathway. They all want 
ed husbands, and I wanted a wife ; but, by the Lord 
Harry, not a poor one ! 

"Ere my patience was exhausted, the daughter of a 
banker known to be rich (for I had studied Wall street, 
and made myself familiar with the ' Bulls ' and ' Bears ' 
of eminence) called upon one of the poor girls, a former 
school-friend. She was pretty, and, I judged, romantic, 
from many expressions that fell from a pair of cherry lips. 

" An introduction took place, and, fellows, I spread 
myself for an effect ! In fact, I gushed ! She was evi 
dently overcome ; and on this occasion old Sol befriended 
me, by putting on his night-cap before the charmer was 
aware that the shades of evening had closed upon us. 
Then came her expressions of alarm on account of the 
lateness of the hour, and of regret that she had not 
departed before dark. 

" My services as an escort were gallantly offered and 
as promptly accepted. Arm-in-arm we threaded the 
thronged sidewalks of Broadway ; nor did I let Time 
burn a slow taper. I became Vesuvius, and hurled the 
lava of my eloquence over her as if she was Hercula- 
neum or Pompeii, and it was my duty to burn her up for 
my own particular gratification. 

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" At last we f hove to ' at a large brown-stone front in 
Eighth street, and she announced that her paternal resided 
in this 'palatial fortification, where she, my beautiful prin 
cess, was held in filial captivity. She politely asked me 
to walk in ; but, like a skilful general, I retired victo 
rious, without risking a defeat from pater familias. I 
expressed a hope that the pleasure of meeting her again 
would fall to my happy lot. 

" At this she looked pleased, and said : 

" ' It will be no fault of mine if we do not.' 

" I bade her good night, and returned to my lodgings, 
1 raked fore-and-aft ; ' but it was a consolation to think, if 
I had swallowed poison, there was an antidote in her 
father's bank, in the shape of golden pills, that would 
restore me to health. 

" The next day, to my delight, ' Bella ' (for that was 
the lovely name by which she was addressed) called at 
our house. My reception by the dear one engendered 
nattering hopes, and it was impossible for any one of 
common discernment not to discover that my fancy was 
somewhat reciprocated. 

" Just before the charmer left, she said, looking very 
archly at me : 

" ' To-morrow, aunt and I are going to "West Point on 
the excursion-boat. "We leave in the morning, and return 
by moonlight. "Won't that be charming? Jane, why 
cannot you and Captain Handal increase the party ? I 
shall be so delighted ! ' 

" Swelling with all the dignity of this elevation to a 
captaincy, I replied : 

" ' If Miss Jane will accept my escort, nothing would 
give me greater pleasure.' 


" Of course, she assented, and such a look of pleasure 
flashed from her hazel eyes, that I felt as if I was riding 
up Broadway in a phaeton-and-four, with an angel by my 
side and a check for one hundred thousand in my pocket. 

" The excursion was replete with enjoyment. The 
aunt good, kind soul ! took to me amazingly. Com 
plaining of a headache, she said : 

" ' "Well, captain, you officers of the navy are such per 
fect gentlemen and attentive beaux, that I feel my niece 
will be quite safe in your charge ; so I'll try and sleep off 
this neuralgic touch in my temples.' 

" We were left to ourselves ; Jane having, in the mean 
time, met with a gentleman acquaintance who evidently 
desired a partner to share with him the beauties of the 
scenery. Nothing could be more agreeable to our wishes 
than to be thus left alone, and free to add fuel to the 
altar on which our united hearts were evidently burning. 

" When Fort Putnam and the parade-ground came in 
sight, my love was told. I tell you, boys, it was a pleas 
ant road to travel, and I was going it at the rate of * two- 

" After the usual amount of bashfulness to be expected 
from novices, she looked up into my face, and said : 

" * Edward, I do love you ! How could I help it ! ' " 

" And you kissed her ? " broke in one of the excited 
" reefers." 

" Not then, Mr. Impudence, but when the visit to West 
Point terminated. And here let me tell you, that I am 
certain we went on shore ; but what we saw, the Lord 
only knows ! I have some indistinct idea of witnessing a 
parcel of boys, in gray bobtail coats, soldiering. All the 
rest was a dream. There was nothing on earth tangible 


but 'Bella.' Bella's voice sounded sweeter than the 
band ; Bella's eyes were brighter than the stars that first 
danced in the sky ere the moon took her place in the 
heavenly quadrille. 

" The aunt luckily continued indisposed, and I blessed 
her indisposition. Jane amiable being ! kept out of 
the way. All alone, under the shade of the awning, we 
enjoyed the blissful hours of a balmy evening, that was 
not half so balmy as the dew from her lips, upon which I 
became fearfully intoxicated by excessive indulgence. 

" This could not last forever. "We reached the city. 
Aunt recovered. The carriage waited, and Jane and I 
were driven home. Then I went to bed. I dreamed 
that Bella was a nugget of gold, and I the assayer. 

" Day after day we managed to meet. Often I called 
at her house, carefully timing my visits to the business 
hours of her opulent papa, whose presence in Wall Street 
I highly approved, as conducive to the growth of the cor 
nucopia which had been represented to me to be already 
of mammoth proportions. 

" Often I would pass by his office, and gaze with affec 
tionate solicitude upon the piles of gold and one-thousand 
dollar bills that lay carelessly and temporarily exposed 
upon the show-shelf behind the plated glass windows. 

" ' Go it, old boy 1 ' in my jubilant feelings I would 
inwardly exclaim. ' Pile them up as high as Mount 
Olympus ! With me for your son-in-law, you'll find an 
Atlas that can carry worlds, if they are only made of 
gold ! > 

" I ventured to his mansion on several evenings. The 
broker was polite, but not affectionate. From his conver 
sation I was pained to learn that his predilections were 


by no means nautical. But I thought the matter-of-fact 
banker might eventually melt into the considerate and 
devoted father, when it became evident his motherless 
daughter's happiness was at stake. 

" That Bella loved, yet feared, her father, was certain, 
as she trembled if he frowned, and never approached 
him save with hesitation and awe. This I considered an 
alarming symptom, and my bank stock proportionately 
decreased in value. However, I cheered up, and remem 
bered the old adage, that ' faint heart never won fair lady.' 

" One morning I called, and found Bella in tears. 
After some entreaty, I learned that the waters were agi 
tated. Her father had announced to the aunt that his 
daughter must give up her torn-foolery with these bright- 
button chaps, as he had determined who was to be her 
husband no more or less than a merchant of high stand 
ing and wealth, daily expected from New Orleans. On 
his arrival the presentation would take place, and Bella 
had better understand that his will was law. 

" All this was, of course, very distressing. With a 
month's pay in my pocket (I had only seventy-five cents), 
Bella would have been asked to leave the paternal home 
and trust her happiness to the love and honor of a bold 
sailor on seven hundred and fifty dollars per annum. As 
matters stood, it was best to temporize ; so I kissed her 
affectionately, and told her all about the little cherub that 
sits up aloft to look after the fortunes of poor Jack. She 
smiled through her tears, and replied : 

" ' Oil, Edward, you do not know how stern and un 
compromising my father can be ; and I greatly fear the 
beautiful fabric our love has reared will never be occu 
pied by us. But I'll always love you, and only you ! ' 

108 NAtrnLtrs. 

" Cheering the dear girl, while lacking cheerfulness in 
my own heart, I announced that the long-promised sere 
nade should be given her that very night. 

" Knowing I sang well, now that a rival loomed up like 
a three-decker in the morning mist, I felt a cruel ambi 
tion to still more entrance my romantic princess, by the 
exhibition of those accomplishments that never fail in 
bewitching the imagination of the poetical. 

" Forgetting her distress, she clapped her tiny hands, 
and ga\e way to expressions of delight. 

" ' Oh, that will be so charming ! In the moonlight, 
too, Edward ! And I shall see your elegant form stand 
ing out in bold relief, like a gallant troubadour, with my 
blue scarf a knightly badge around your breast, sus 
taining that superb guitar ! ' 

"All this I promised, taking numerous farewells on 
her willing, reciprocating lips, and we parted but not to 
meet again. 

" Night came. Three musical friends of good ability 
were pledged to my assistance. "We met and practised a 
number of popular airs, very much to our individual sat 
isfaction, waiting for the brilliant Queen of Xight to 
light up with her silvery rays the vaulted canopy of 

" At last moonlight came, and beamed in all its radiant 
beauty; and we felt that the time had arrived when love, 
like the nightingale, should warble to the stars, and break 
forth softly and dulcetly, awaking romance from its rosy 

" With instruments all attuned, we found ourselves in 
the shadow of the brown-stone front, the palace of the 

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fair lady whose beauty had captivated and wealth secured 
with golden fetters this most faithful of hearts. 

" First we played a soft Venetian rondo, -so that, arous 
ing her from dreamy rest, Bella might exercise her facul 
ties in anticipation of the enjoyment of a voice she loved 
so well to hear. That ended, presuming the fair one had 
left her couch and looked through the lattice of her 
chamber to gaze upon the manly form of her adorer, I 
drew my figure to its fullest capacity, assumed a trojnba- 
dour attitude, and, with face lifted starward, but not suf 
ficiently elevated to prevent the object of my worship 
from viewing its attractiveness, my soul burst forth in 
melody, that, echoing from the surrounding edifices, 
broke in all its exquisite volume full against the window 
where I thought my love reclined. 

" The first verse concluded, my friends performed a 
gentle symphony, and again the air filled with Orphean 
strains. I thought them irresistible. But, soft ! The 
window slowly opened. * 'Tis her ! ' my heart whispered, 
and more impassioned flowed the words of love. The 
window attained its allotted altitude, but there peered 
from this artificial orifice a head ornamented with a white 
skull-cap, and from this top-piece of the human anatomy 
issued a deep, harsh voice : 

" ' Mr. Randal, I'll thank you to go and howl else 
where ! ' And bang ! descended the window. 

" Fancy a torrent of ice-water from the coldest peak of 
Chimborazo dashed upon a frame worked up to a fren 
zied heat ! Fancy anything sudden and repulsive, and 
perhaps you can form some idea of the transition expe 
rienced by your humble servant from day to night, 
from fantastic hope to deep despair, from pride to morti- 


fication. Then, to hear the smothered laugh of my 
friends ! It was as if tantalizing demons jeered at me 
in my agony. Picking up a loose paving-stone, in my 
rage I dashed it through that identical window, and fled 
homewards mid the cry of ' Watch ! watch 1 ' and the 
noise of l rattle ! rattle 1 ' 

" Thus ended my fond hopes of independence and pos 
session of a comfortable fortune. I soon learned that 
Bella had been sent to the interior of the State, carefully 
watched and guarded ; but nevertheless she found an 
opportunity to bid me an affectionate farewell, saying, in 
her pretty, gilt-edged note : 

" ' Inexorable fate, controlled by a stern father, has for 
ever separated two fond, loving hearts. In this world 'tis 
destined they shall never meet again ; but in a land 
beyond the skies, among the angels of heaven, forgetful 
of all earthly disappointment, their voices will mingle 
together in celestial choirs.' 

" It was all very pretty about heaven ; but I rather 
fancied a little earthly enjoyment before my angelic emi 
gration should take place. 

" Morose and miserable, I kept to my chamber for sev 
eral days ; but it was not in my nature to cry peccavi ! 
at a first real misfortune ; so I arose from my couch, and 
determined, like the knights of old, to gird on my armor 
and once again seek adventures worthy of my prowess. 



of the gentlemen boarders, with whom I had 
become somewhat intimate, informed me, one 
day at dinner, that a select party had organized 
an excursion to New Rochelle, and, if I wished to make 
one of the number, he would be happy to present me 
with a ticket. 

" My first impulse was to decline ; but reflecting that 
the surest way to repair damages was to dash into society, 
and, by a new excitement, recover from the ill effects of 
disappointment, I accepted his kind offer. After all, I 
had no real cause to feel chagrined ; for had not Bella 
written that she loved me still, and, but for the money- 
making, money-loving cormorant of a daddy, the consum 
mation of our dearest wishes would have become a 
reality ? 

" But, fellows, I had my revenge ; for, just before we 
sailed, I read with intense gusto the name of old Money 
bags among the list of bankrupts. 

" I need not mention the feeling of mortified vanity I 
experienced in reading the announcement of the union 
of Bella with the husband of her father's selection. I 
hope they may be happy, and considerate enough not to 
name their first son ' Edward.' 


"The managers of the excursion exhibited judgment 
and taste in the selection of a steamer. I thought the 
assemblage decidedly above par. The ladies were pretty, 
and the gentlemen agreeable. 

" We started up the East Hirer at a rapid rate, every 
one in excellent spirits save poor pill-garlic. 

" The water was unruffled, the music good, and our 
managers called for a cotillion. My boarding-house 
friend very kindly requested permission to introduce me 
to a lovely young lady who had expressed a wish to make 
my acquaintance ; she had heard one of her school- 
friends speak of me frequently. Of course, I could not 
decline, and was escorted to the presence of a dashing, 
sprightly-looking damsel, with laughing blue eyes, auburn 
hair, splendid teeth, and symmetrical form. In a few 
moments we were rushing through the dance as merrily 
and familiarly as friends of long standing. She received 
much devoted attention (easily understood, when I learned 
her father was a rich green-grocer), and appeared to glory 
in the exercise of her many charms. 

" To me her favors were marked very much to the 
annoyance of several sentimental admirers, who buzzed 
about her like moths around a candle, only to have their 
wings scorched by the blaze of her coquetry. The more 
I fought shy, the more determined she seemed to capti 
vate me. It had been represented to my willing ears that 
the young lady was an only child, the pride and darling 
of her parents. ' So far, so good,' thought I ; ' it may 
not be a bad speculation, after all, Master Edward ! ' 

" "With these disinterested reflections, my spirits rose. 
I became gay and animated. My stock of compliments 
fell thick and fast, like April showers, rapidly absorbed 


by the thirsty fairy, whose fondness for admiration was 

" My good looks and naval position, backed by an ava 
lanche of modest assurance, floated me on the flood-tide. 
All other competitors for the smiles of Miss Emily were 
left ' hull down.' They ' clewed up ' and i furled ' in 
utter despair. 

" Well, my lads, you have no doubt perceived that the 
real, genuine, wholesome sentiment of love had not then 
assailed my mercenary heart. All with me, at that time, 
was speculation. The end will show how well-merited 
was the mortification that overwhelmed the gay Lothario. 

" Annoying as was the contretemps, yet I never think 
of it without laughing. 

o o 

" We nautical chaps push love-matters with railroad 
speed. Your landsmen are more methodical and lei 
surely. They take passage with Cupid in the old-time 
stage-coaches, and change horses at every ten-mile heat. 
Theirs may be the more prudent, and, in the end, success 
ful method, but we sailors can't afford the expenditure of 

" Dance after dance found me still the partner of the 
fair Emily. The formality of recent acquaintance had 
entirely vanished ; we conversed with all the freedom of 
long association. In truth, there arose quite a tenderness 
between us. 

" After dashing like mad through a number of quad 
rilles, to say nothing of waltzes and galops, the young 
lady declared herself fatigued ; so we left the dancing- 
saloon and repaired to the after-cabin, where alone the 
opportunity for tender conversation could be had. 

" She was lively, and possessed the power of drawing a 


fellow out in spite of good fencing. On the subject of 
the navy her enthusiasm knew no bounds ; but her inter 
est took a wide range, and she insisted on descriptions of 
storms, icebergs, and other nautical sensations. 

" ' What a glorious profession ! ' she exclaimed, with 
sparkling eyes and heightened color. ' I would rather 
follow the sea, contend with its perils, traverse the wide 
ocean over, than possess the fortune of a Rothschild. 
Every sailor that is, gentleman sailor is to me a hero? 

" This enthusiasm interested me, and her beauty was 
melting my waxen heart. So, warming up, the conversa 
tion became gradually personal and tender. 

" l You must,' she continued, ' have seen much of 
female 'beauty in France and Spain, as well as in other 
countries. Tell me, where was your fancy most ex 

" ' I have met with so many pretty ladies, in my cruis 
ing, memory cannot now discriminate.' 

" ' Mr. Randal, I am inclined to believe you are, like 
the rest of your sex, fond of variety ; or, in other words, 
verify the old sailor adage, of " having a sweetheart in 
every port." How is that, sir ? ' 

" * I confess, Miss Emily, a decided weakness for 
beauty. But man can admire, without coveting. A 
pretty woman always excites my admiration.' 

" ' You do not mean to assert,' said she, ' that your eyes 
alone, and not your heart, have been affected by asso 
ciation with the dark-eyed daughters of Spain, or the 
enchanting graces of the mademoiselles of la lelle 
France ? ' 

" * I never thought, until to-day, a heart was awarded 
to my physical construction.' 


" ' Surely it has required more than ordinary probation 
to arrive at this profound knowledge ! What has enlight 
ened you ? ' 

" ' A very lovely countenance and witching manner ; 
though, I fear, belonging to an uncompromising co 
quette ! ' 

" ' "Where, and who, is she ? ' 

" I rose, offered my arm, and led her to a large mirror, 
which reflected her beautiful person. 

" ' Look ! ' said I, ' and behold the young lady whose 
motto is Veni, vidi, vici ! ' 

" She blushed, and for a moment was much confused. 

" ' This is ungenerous ! ' said she. ' I did not dream, 
in my impertinent interrogation, of placing myself in a 
position to be made a jest of !' 

" Pegasus was saddled. I mounted, and rode like a 
wild Mazeppa over poetical hills and dales, demolishing 
her indignation, winning a sweet smile of forgiveness, 
and eventually eliciting the trembling confession of a 
more than ordinary interest in your humble servant. 

" "We discussed the question of love at first sight, and 
came to the rational conclusion it was a law of Nature, 
obeyed by the majority of society, who, in forming en 
gagements, acknowledged that they resulted from a first 
impression animal magnetism; in other words teaching 
prompt love, and desire for reciprocation. 

" This was sharp practice. I put my foot into it sud 
denly and most unexpectedly. It was an impulse, influ 
enced by a fascinating woman, who, at first, I was dis 
posed to consider slightingly. 

" The rest of the dance possessed no interest. Eveiy 


faculty was now concentrated in the hasty realization of 
a wonderfully-completed courtship. 

" The steamer returned to the wharf, but not before 
our plans for future meetings were arranged. My be- 
trothed's father had intimated the wish that she should 
receive the addresses of a staid commission merchant, 
who in no way pleased her fancy. So there was a stum 
bling-block at the first step. However, we resolved to 
bide our time, and await such developments as constancy 
and warm affection might bring forth. 

" Soundly I slept that night, dreaming of my Emily, 
and the haven of bliss to which my bark was steering. 

" After breakfast on the following morning, my wan 
derings brought me to Canal street. There I beheld 'a 
large, flourishing grocery. The name on the sign created 
emotions which increased as I looked in, and saw behind 
the desk a countenance with so strong a resemblance to 
my love, that conviction seized upon me, and I knew the 
author of fair Emily's existence was before me. 

" It was gratifying to observe that the business was 
very brisk. Instantly the interest of a sleeping partner 
overwhelmed me, and I watched the crowd who came 
and went with a benign, patronizing feeling of regard. 

" Often we met, and loved more ardently from day to 
day. The greatest difficulty now to be compassed was an 
introduction to the grocer's family. Emily feared to 
have me call without a sponsor, as it might eventuate in 
a cold reception. 

" In a few days my charmer proposed that I should 
visit with her an indulgent aunt, through whose kindness 
the obstacle that troubled us might be removed. 

" The call was made, and speedily I became a constant 


visitor. I embraced every opportunity to win the* esteem 
of the old lady. Success attended these efforts, and, in 
time, I was seated in the green-grocer's parlor. 

" With the mother I made some progress, but not 
with the old gentleman. Franklin's icebergs could not 
have been colder or more frozen than his manner. In 
vain I strove to interest him discussed Cuba and its 
sugar-productions, the Spice Islands of the East Indies 
in fact, every country that contributed to the benefit of 
his business. 

" When I called, the surveillance over Emily and my 
self continued to increase. Our only consolation came 
through the kindness of the aunt, who, liking me, permit 
ted free and unreserved association in her house. But, 
alas ! the old lady was summoned by a sick sister to 
Albany, and those blissful reunions could no longer take 

" In desperation, I urged Emily to meet me in her 
father's garden, which was quite extensive, and hand 
somely adorned with beautiful flowers. To this arrange 
ment she for a long time dissented ; but at last, overcome 
by my importunity and her own love, gave a reluctant 
consent. And there we met, in the green-embossed 
arbor, her trembling form half shrinking from my fond 

" Gradually the pleasure of these stolen meetings neu 
tralized all fear, and her first reluctance was dismissed. 
One beautiful starlight night, at the appointed hour, 
when the grocer and family were supposed to rest in 
slumbers, I gently tapped at the gate, invariably opened 
by my lady-love. It was still locked, and her gentle 
voice, in great alarm, whispered : 


" ' Dear Edward, I fear suspicion is aroused. The key 
has been taken from the lock.' 

" < Indulge in no fear,' was my response ; ' the lofty 
masts of a frigate have been climbed by me, and this 
contemptible wall will prove no impediment to a Ran 

" "With an agile spring I caught the cap-stones, gave 
myself an impetus, and lo ! on the summit of this bar 
rier I stood ; while Emily, with outstretched arms, await 
ed my advent. 

" Looking for a convenient spot on which to alight, the 
dim stars pointed out what appeared to be a grass-plot. 
* I come, my angel ! ' I whispered. I made the leap ; 
but, O ye gods ! not on the verdure-covered earth, but 
plump up to my ears into a barrel of soft-soap ! 

" A person of a keen appreciation of the absurd might 
possibly arrive at a pretty clear comprehension of my 
miserable plight. I was almost suffocated nay, para 
lyzed at my situation, and alarmed by the excitement 
outside of my hoops ; for Emily's loud scream brought 
out the green-grocer, who had entered the garden with a 
double-barrelled gun in his hand, and demanded to know 
what she was doing out of the house at such an unsea 
sonable hour. Her confusion excited suspicion. Fiercely 
ordering her into the house, the belligerent vender of 
soap and candles sought the garden over for the cause of 
the outbreak. 

" Every time he passed the barrel in which I luxu 
riously reposed, bob under the soap would go my head, to 
avoid discovery. Now, the bobbing exercise was any 
thing but agreeable ; but I fancy any of you, my giggling 
young heroes, would have bobbed as I did, had you been 


in my place, and beheld the irate old tea-caddy, with both 
barrels of his gun cocked, searching for you ! 

"Having made a careful, nocturnal, trigonometrical, 
and topographical survey of his premises without discov 
er}', he took the garden-key out of his pocket, opened the 
gate, and looked up and down the street, probably in 
search of a watchman ; but those faitliful guardians of 
the community had no doubt retired to their slumbers, 
leaving the night to care for itself. 

" While thus situated, I could hear him indulge in 
rather unpleasant language in reference to his daughter 
and myself. Had my condition been less slippery and 
circumscribed, I no doubt would have gently admonished 
him as to the impropriety of his remarks. 

" In his irrepressible rage, he banged to the gate, for 
getting to lock it, and proceeded to the interior of his 
mansion ; where, I presume, he did not embrace his 
daughter, nor did he say, ' I forgive you both, my chil 
dren. Emily, bring your Edward to me, that I may 
administer a father's blessing, and present the good youth 
with a handsome interest in the store.' He might have 
said and done all this ; the instincts of a Christian gro 
cer should naturally have induced such an affectionate 
and generous course. 

" I tarried not in this Jericho of misery for my beard 
to grow, but extracted my beslimed corpus with the most 
prompt alacrity, opened the gate, retained the key, and 
with slippery steps pursued my homeward flight. On 
leaving the yard, I closed not the portal, but left it wide 
open, earnestly hoping that the stray cows and pigs that 
roamed at liberty in the city might enter that bower of 


love and glut themselves on fragrant flowers, precious 
bulbs, and all. 

" It is unnecessary to enlarge upon the difficulty that 
attended my unrigging, and the sympathy of my kind 
landlady. She became greatly exercised over the graphic 
description I gave of the explosion of a soap-factory 
boiler as I was passing ; how the streets were flooded 
with a villanous compound of oil and potash ; and also 
of the difficulty and danger experienced in saving an old 
gentleman and six young ladies from drowning. 

" ' Dear young man ! ' said the good lady. ' The 
" Howard Humane Society " must send you a medal and 
a new suit of clothes ! ' 

" Uttering these feeling remarks, she retired with my 
saturated wardrobe. I lay calmly in bed, of course much 
exhausted by those ' humane exertions.' 

" On the following morning my traps were returned to 
my room. My pantaloons had shrunk to proportions so 
ridiculously small that my feet could not find an exodus 
through either leg. In despair, I ventured with the coat. 
A feeling of relief came over me as the sleeves, with a 
little force, absolutely did go on ; but they were origi 
nally cut large, in ample fashionable proportion. Here 
ended my hopes of dressing. The back had collapsed to 
mere nothingness, drawing my shoulders absurdly to 
gether like a trussed bird. 

" With the assistance of the Chatham street gentry and 
a month's pay, I soon became a respectable figure for 

" The day after the ' Knight of the Goose ' released me 
from thraldom, I received, by an unknown conveyance, a 
package containing all my letters to Emily, together with 


the souvenirs sent to her during the gentle passage of 
arms. This note accompanied the collection : 

" ' My mesmeric dream is over. Awaking to reality, I 
blush to think how weak and reprehensible has been my 
recent conduct. We both erred in rushing hastily into 
the vortex of a blind passion which led to concealment 
and subterfuge. Is ow that my father has reasoned me to 
my senses, causing calm reflection to resume its sway in 
my perturbed mind, I can bid you farewell, and pray that 
Heaven may bless you. Oblige me by returning to the 
enclosed address all communications received from me 
during our late insane association. Yours are enclosed. 


I am just leaving for the country. It were vain to 
attempt an interview. Your well-wisher, 


" I did not go into hysterics, but into anger. I was 
enraged at the want of sympathy and solicitude on the 
part of the girl for whose love the horrible plunge was 

" Her letters were enclosed as by direction, and thus I 
responded to the blistering farewell note : 

"'Miss EMILY: 

" ' The pool of Siloam, occasionally troubled by the 
angels, in biblical days, for the benefit of the afflicted of 
Israel, was not more efficacious in remedial power than 
your father's soft-soap to me. The next time the " mes 
meric vortex of a blind passion " becomes a disease, try 
the soft-soap, darling. I f ound it a sovereign panacea. 


" ' There is no necessity to fly the city, so long as that 
soap-barrel stands a sentry. You are safe from any 
attempted interviews on the part of your well-washed 

and late adorer, 

" ' EDWAED.' 

"The moment the package was sent, in a pique I 
destroyed all else that would recall to mind the green 
grocer's daughter. 

"My anger subsided, and, somehow, painful regrets 
afflicted me. I became gloomy again in the vain efforts 
to forget the recent episode. Emily's beauty, intelli 
gence, and affectionate disposition constantly rose to my 
mind, upbraiding me for a harsh and unpardonable epis 
tle in response to her own, which due consideration now 
convinced me was not written at her own volition, but 
through the imperative orders of her father. 

" In my rage, I destroyed the address by which she 
was to receive the returned correspondence. Had I 
known how a letter could reach her, an apology for my 
hasty and unkind note would have been forwarded. 

" There was not an imprudent act committed, except 
that which originated in my own selfish impulsiveness. 
It was vain to try and convince myself that love no 
longer animated my breast. I mourned her loss, believed 
in her constancy, and attributed her letter only to an 
angry father. 

" In the depth of my misery 7 , the welcome orders to 
this noble frigate came. There never reported for duty 
a cleaner passed midshipman. So now, boys, I am ready, 
like Barkis who was ' always willing ' to oblige any 
rich and beautiful princess of Europe by making her 



Mrs. Randal ; always providing she is not troubled with 
a fondness for soft-soap. " 

The narrative ended as eight bells struck, amid the 
watch-call and shouts of laughter. 



IIE equipments were completed, and at break of 

" All hands up anchor ! " was 
hoarsely bawled by the boatswain, and echoed 
by his hoarser mates. 

With a fresh breeze, the frigate left the harbor swiftly, 
and in two hours Mount Toro sank under the horizon, 
leaving no land in sight, and nothing but the blue Medi 
terranean and a few light faluccas skimming like sea 
gulls over the sea. 

The course steered brought the shores of Spain in 
view. On the fifth day, Malaga, the last resting-place of 
the Moors, came in sight, nestled in a picturesque valley 
surrounded by craggy hills and mountains. 

The ship anchored near the mole, and the usual cere 
monies on the part of officials observed, with due respect 
to the punctiliousness of the don. 

About eleven A.M. the commodore ordered his barge, 
and directed Paul to accompany him to the palace. The 
rolling drum announced the commodore's departure ; and 


in a few moments the barge reached the landing, and a 
brief walk brought Paul and his chief to the palace. 

General O , the military governor, received the 

commodore with extreme courtesy, and expressed gratifi 
cation at the compliment implied by the visit. lie was 
an unusually fine-looking Spanish gentleman, on the 
shady side of forty. By long residence in London as 
Minister Plenipotentiary from the court of Spain, the 
English language had become familiar with him. 

While on this mission, he wooed and won a beautiful 
English lady, but the consummation of the engagement 
met with opposition from her family, through a prejudice 
against foreigners. Love conquered all, however, and a 
marriage, resulting in unalloyed happiness, took place. 
Envious death eventually deprived the general of his 
wife, and left him with two beautiful daughters, respec 
tively twelve and ten years of age. 

Almost inconsolable grief cast its shadow over the 
husband and daughters, until time alleviated their sor 
rows, and brought consolation from mutual sympathy 
and devotion. 

A change in the Spanish Ministry involved the gen 
eral's recall, but not freedom from command and its 
attending responsibilities. A bloody civil war had been 
inaugurated by Don Carlos, a contestant for the throne, 
who based his claim as the rightful heir on the Salique 
law, which prohibits a female from reigning in Spain. 

The Carlists were formidable in number, and received 
the general support of the priesthood, particularly in the 
northern provinces. Andalusia partially participated in 
the revolt, in consequence of which, Malaga, her seaport, 
became somewhat suspected. The Government felt it 


necessary to exercise caution in the selection of a local 

The high character and sound discretion of General 

O indicated where the proper man was to be found. 

His administration proved eminently successful. At this 
time his eldest daughter had reached the age of eighteen, 
and her sister was two years younger. Both were cele 
brated for their beauty, intelligence, and elegance of 

After a few introductory remarks, the commodore 
broached the special object of his visit, which related to 
some intricate commercial matters of importance. 

Paul, supposing that his presence was not desired, with 
commendable delicacy withdrew to the extreme end of 
the room. This movement was observed and appreciated 
by the general, who asked the name of the midshipman. 
On learning it, he approached Mr. Forbes, and said : 

" While the commodore and myself are discussing 
official matters, I will introduce you to my daughters, if 
you will be pleased to follow me." 

Paul was conducted by the amiable general into what 
might be termed the feminine sanctum of the palace. It 
was furnished with taste, and adorned with family por 
traits and musical instruments ; but he gave no heed to 
the surroundings. All these evidences of wealth and 
refinement faded into mere scenic effect, when his eyes 
rested upon the two beings whose radiant beauty brought 
Paradise and its Peris to his poetic mind. He saluted 
them with admiration unmingled with bashfulness. 

"Mr. Forbes, my daughters Miss Cannina, Miss 
Zarah. Now, young ladies, as the American commodore 
and myself have important business to transact, his aid, 


not being required, I place him under your care. You 
will exert yourselves to entertain the young gentleman 
until his services shall be demanded by the proper au 

With this facetious observation and a pleasant smile 
he retired. 

Unasked, Master Paul drew up a chair between the 
sisters, and, without speaking, occupied himself in scru 
tinizing their personal charms. The silence was at length 
broken by the elder, who remarked : 

" Well, sir, is your curiosity gratified ? What does 
your highness think of us ? " 

" When silent, you are both very pretty, but when con 
versing, beautiful ! Now, as all young ladies desire to 
exhibit themselves in their most attractive characteristics, 
I am ready to be charmed indeed, anxious ! Do rattle 
away, then, for I am a splendid listener ! " 

" Why, Zarah, dear ! father has introduced to our 
guardianship a wild aboriginee from the Rocky Mountains 
of America ! Pray, sir, to what tribe do you belong, and 
when did you wash off your war-paint, and dispense with 
moccasins and wampum-belt ? " 

" When I came to Spain, my commodore, fearing I 
would alarm the ladies, ordered that the decorations of 
my tribe should be dispensed with ; and I obeyed accord 
ingly, except in one particular." 

" And pray, * Wild Arrow,' * Black Hawk,' ' Impudent 
Eyes,' or whatever may be your Indian name, tell us the 

" A very necessary one for Spain my scalping- 

" Horrors ! You do not mean to say that you are still, 


in spite of civilized association, barbarian enough to carry 
that instrument of torture ? " 

" With me it is not an instrument of torture, but of 
chivalric necessity." 

" How ? Explain ! " said the lovely Zarah, laughing, 
evidently enjoying the free-and-easy style of the 

" Well, since you desire the truth, it is this : Every 
where I go, the senoritas have a habit of falling in love 
with me. Poor souls ! they cannot avoid it. Locks of 
hair, in Spain as elsewhere, are the invariable mementos 
of their tender passion. When I make a conquest, I 
regularly scalp ! Already I have sent two barrels of tro 
phies to my mother, who is a distinguished squaw, the 
queen of our nation. She will decorate the wigwam, 
and, when the council-fires are lighted, her son, the 
absent young chief, will be pronounced a warrior worthy 
of his sire. Shall I give you the war-whoop ? " 

" Oh, no pray don't ! Spare us ! " 

Both girls laughed immoderately, and from that mo 
ment the conversation became unconstrained and easy. 
Paul they looked upon as a decided character one to be 
highly enjoyed. 

The day being neither bright nor cloudy, but of that 
doubtful character so enjoyable in Spain, Zarah proposed 
a visit to the garden, which was seconded by the midship 
man. With avidity the trio sallied forth, to ramble amid 
flowers and fruit-trees of every variety. Carmina pre 
pared a pretty bouquet, and, turning to Paul, said : 

" Young chief of the i Impudent Eyes,' moderate your 
vanity ! There is no call for your scalping-knife, when 
an Anglo-Saxon maiden presents you with these flowers. 


Retain them, great warrior, until they fade ; for on their 
existence will hang your memory of two poor maidens." 

" I say, girls, you are regular trumps ! In all my wan 
derings, never have I met two prettier, jollier creatures. 
Just log me as a devoted. I will love you both with all 
a midshipman's ardor ! " 

" Oh, yes ! " said Carmina ; " we have heard of mid 
shipmen, and been taught never to trust them. Love- 
making is their pastime. We dare not indulge you with 
our faith." 

" When you know me better, I fancy your opinion will 
cnauge. Come, let us make a treaty ! Adopt me as a 
brother, and I will reward you with more than brotherly 
affection ! " 

" Agreed ! " said Zarah. " Here, underneath this arch 
ing vine clustering with grapes, we will form a compact. 
First, young chief, pluck me a bunch ; I always prefer to 
eat when I am serious." 

Paul sprang upon a pair of steps used for the purpose, 
and soon filled the aprons of the sisters with the luscious 
fruit of Malaga. The laughter of the party was inter 
rupted by a call from the general. They immediately 
put on sober faces, and demurely returned to the palace. 

" You young people seem to be having a merry time of 
it. Well, my daughters, the commodore has consented to 
remain and dine with us." 

" Of course, papa," interrupted Zarah, " our Indian 
chief " pointing to Paul " will also remain for the 
same purpose ? " 

" Oh, yes, my dear ; the staff are always included in a 
general's invitation ! " 

The young ladies retired to rearrange their toilet, and 


the gentlemen were ushered to rooms for the same pur 
pose. At five, dinner was announced, and Paul, with the 
connivance of Carmina and Zarah, obtained a seat be 
tween them. Even the august presence of the high offi 
cials did not entirely prevent the merriment of the more 
youthful people. The elders rather enjoyed it, and old 
" Bruin " melted a little. He seemed to be amused with 
Paul's ease and complacency with the general's charming 

"While they were dining, a heavy rain-storm came on, 
and increased to a perfect deluge over the city. 

" Commodore," said the general, " if this continues, 
you will have to spend the night with us." 

A doubtful grunt was the only response. 

Zarah whispered to Paul : 

" Let the winds blow and the rain descend ; I care 
not ! Do you ? " 

" If it would prove a second deluge for forty days and 
forty nights, as long as this palace was the ark of safety, 
I should not care." 

The dinner concluded, the ancients retired to the read 
ing-room, to indulge in the weed ; the juveniles to the 
parlor, for music and mirth. As the weather seemed 
determined to house the naval part of the establishment, 
the general sent for two of his staff (who were quartered 
in an adjoining wing of the palace) to form a party at 
whist. To cards they therefore applied themselves. 

But not so Master Paul. His intimacy with the young 
ladies could not have been greater if he had known them 
a lifetime. He amused them with narrations of liis naval 
experiences, scenes in America, and tales of home ; to 

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which the ladies responded by giving a picture of their 
English life as contrasted with that of Spain. 

Their admiration for their father appeared to be un 
bounded. He was the purest and best of men, always 
considerate, kind, and affectionate, and placed perfect 
confidence in their actions and sentiments. They had 
relatives in Andalusia, their father's native province a 
kind, good aunt, who frequently came to see them, but 
invariably excited laughter, from her inability to realize 
the fact of her half century of existence. She would 
dress like a girl of sixteen, and was not slow to fancy 
every young gentleman smitten who paid her the least 

The rain continued to pour, and gayly passed the hours. 
The commodore was forced to accept the hospitality of 
the palace for the night. When the hands of the parlor- 
clock indicated the approach of the small hours of morn 
ing, Carmina and Zarah, with arms entwined, bade Paul 
good-night. The major domo showed him to his cham 
ber, and there is no doubt that he enjoyed happy dreams. 

The rain ceased during the night, and a glorious dawn 
ushered in the day. Paul was aroused from his slumbers 
by a rap at his door, and, on asking who knocked, laugh 
ing voices replied : 

" "What, sir chief ! slumbering still ? Our steeds are at 
the door ; the balmy air of morning invites, and we dis 
consolate maidens impatiently await your presence ! " 

" A few seconds of patience, and your flattered escort 
will be at your service," responded the middy. 

His toilet was completed with astonishing rapidity, and 
on the veranda he joined the sisters. The party were 
soon mounted, and away they rode, to visit a famous 


Moorish castle some two miles distant. The exercise 
exhilarated their spirits, and nothing but the necessity of 
returning to breakfast cut short the excursion. 

At the conclusion of the meal the commodore rose to 
depart, extending to the general and his family a warm 
invitation to visit the frigate on the following day. It 
was much to the delight of the young ladies that their 
father promptly accepted. Carmina and Zarah bade 
Paul good-by with a merry pretence of sorrow. Their 
handkerchiefs were applied to their laughing, bright eyes. 
The middy enjoyed the fun, and insisted on receiving the 
handkerchiefs, which were at once presented, on condi 
tion that he should retain them as a memento of the late 

On the following morning Mr. Forbes proceeded on 
shore in the neatly-prepared barge, and reported to the 
governor. Both young ladies received him with unre 
strained pleasure, and their father was not less cordial. 

"Well, Mr. Forbes, you have managed to ingratiate 
yourself with my daughters ; indeed, there has been but 
one theme of conversation for the last twenty-four hours, 
and that related to their ' wild Indian ' friend. No call 
for a blush, girls ; you know I only state facts ! " 

" But, father," said Carmina, " why tell him this ? His 
imagination and vanity will help conjure up the most 
absurd conclusions ! You do not know what a set of 
egotistical creatures these American middies are ! " 

" ilold, sister ! " remarked Zarah, with a merry laugh ; 
^ fail not to remember we smoked the calumet of peace, 
and made a treaty, only twenty hours ago. So, no one is 
to enjoy the luxury of assailing him but myself." 

The general laughed heartily, and the party proceeded 


to the barge, and were speedily conveyed to the frigate. 
Everything on board was in fine order. The music was 
delightful, the officers attentive, and nothing appeared 
wanting to make the day enjoyable. 

Though bestowing their smiles on all the officers, yet it 
was evident that Paul continued to be the favorite of the 
beauties ; and, in turn, his admiration increased with 
every moment of the association. So natural and unaf 
fected were the governor's daughters, that they frequently 
and unconsciously addressed our middy as " Paul." Be 
tween them he had no choice ; both were alike charming, 
and both the adopted sisters of a day. 

When the visit had nearly concluded, Randal called 
Paul aside, and said : 

" I am forced to inform you, my boy, that a decided 
spooneyism has assailed me since the appearance of these 
beauties on board. Say but a few words favorable to me 
with the eldest Carmina, I think you call her ! " 

" Speak for yourself, Ned. You are not generally 
squeamish in such matters ! " 

" But, Paul, how am I to make advances until I learn 
which is your favorite ? Having so much the weather- 
gage, from the fortunate circumstance of a first ac 
quaintance, it would be a dead-beat to windward, and 
useless strain on my standing rigging, to attempt crossing 
your hawse." 

" Ned, my interest in these charming girls is general 
not particular. I entertain only a brotherly affection for 

" Brotherly interest bah ! You cannot gammon me 
with such sickly sentimentalism ! I know you too well 
to believe that an intimate association of twenty-six hours 


would or could exist without bringing you by the heels. 
So, if you will not enact Damon to my Pythias, I will 
' break ground ' and ' make sail ' without your ' convoy.' 
Remember, Paul, it is Carmina or death but decidedly 
Carmina ! " 

" All's fair in love, Randal. You are a good fellow, in 
spite of your weakness for serenades and ' soft-soap ' ! " 

" No more of that, Paul, and thou lovest me ! " 

After a day of unusual enjoyment, the ladies bade 
adieu to the frigate, but not without inviting the gentle 
men to their usual weekly tertulia, which took place that 

At the reception, Randal, true to his assertion of the 
afternoon, was assiduous in devotion to Carmina. She 
received his moderate advances with courtesy, but when 
further demonstrations took place with a gentle repulse, 
lie quickly perceived as he observed that it was an 
act of absurdity to "bark up the wrong tree." 

" I say, Paul, Carmina smiles not ! My sweetness has 
been expended for naught ; in mortified humility I retire. 
So, good night, my lad. Tell Carmina, if she hears of a 
suicide, to be comforted ; I did it myself." 

When the entertainment ended, the guests all retired, 
save Paul, who had been invited to remain through the 

The three young people assembled in the parlor, and 
there was a shadow of sadness that came over them, for 
the frigate was to sail in the morning. 

" Really," said the honest Zarah, " this severance of a 
delightful association I do not like ! Here, sister, is our 
new-inade brother, Paul Forbes, picked up by us, as it 

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were, from the sea, going to be taken away from his sis 
ters how long, Heaven only knows ! " 

There was moisture in two pairs of beautiful eyes. 

" But, Paul," interrupted Carmina, " did you not tell 
me, during the evening, that official business would bring 
you back in three months ? " 

" Such were undoubtedly the assertions of the com- 
mander-in-chief. He said it was necessary to be here for 
the next term of the Admiralty Court, and I am sure we 
will return at the time named. My dear sisters, will you 
permit me to correspond with you ? " 

" Indeed, we will be but too happy to hear from you ! " 
said Carmina. " And, that there may be no excuse for 
neglect on your part, prompt answers shall be sent. 
Father will not object, for I assure you he has taken a 
strong fancy to ' our middy,' as he terms you. He fre 
quently compliments you, and at breakfast, this morning, 
with a twinkle of his eyes, asked which of us indulged in 
the ' strongest weakness ' for the Indian chief ? Together 
we answered, ' There is no speciality ; it is, * Trio juncto 
in uno? " 

" Thanks for this acknowledgment ! [Rest assured that 


you both possess my sincere affection. And now, sweet 
sisters, the morning hours approach, and it is not proper 
that I should keep you from your repose. At early dawn 
I must return to the frigate. The sorrowing word ' good- 
by ' has to be uttered, in spite of the grief that restrains 
it. God bless you both ! A thousand thanks for the 
happy hours you have given me in Malaga ! " 

lie touched their fingers respectfully with his lips. 
The emotion of all was too great for words. And thus 
they parted. 






|TIE frigate merely communicated with Gibraltar, 
and passed out through the gates of Hercules, 
once more upon the swelling bosom of the Atlan 
tic. In forty hours the highlands of Cintra rose, blue 
and giant-like, against a clear sky. She passed Belham 
Castle, entered the golden waters of the Tagus, and, amid 
a swarm of war-vessels, moored off the famous city of 

At this moment Lisbon was overflowing with excite 
ment over the marriage of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg 
with the Queen, the plump Donna Maria. The steamer 
which had conveyed the happy husband (I say husband, 
because, some time before, Coburg had been united to 
Maria by proxy) was anchored near the frigate. This 
day, at eleven o'clock, the personal ceremony was to be 
performed, and great was the popular commotion. 

At half -past ten the cathedral was thronged with curi 
ous crowds of English, French, and American officers, in 
brilliant uniforms. The nobility of the country occupied 


appropriate places, and, at eleven o'clock, booming guns 
mingling with martial music resounded through the city. 

Coburg, from the landing, rode to the palace, there for 
the first time seeing his proxy-made cara sposa. He 
entered her carriage, and, followed by a train of court 
equipages, along the sides of which glittered the helmets 
and cuirasses of the cavalry of the guard, the cortege 
wound its way through the serpentine streets of Lisbon. 

Richly-uniformed regiments formed a square in front 
of the cathedral, the steps of which were carpeted. 
"When the royal coach entered the area formed by the 
military, numerous bands of music burst forth with the 
Portuguese national hymns, and loud vivas rent the air. 

The royal pair were received at the cathedral steps by 
the cardinal, and, he preceding them, the procession 
moved to the chancel. Archbishops and priests, in the 
magnificent official robes of the Catholic Church, were 
ranged around the altar at which Coburg and Maria 

The ceremony was promptly performed, and in a very 
impressive manner. At the words pronouncing this high 
born couple man and wife, loud anthems swelled through 
the carved arches of the cathedral, and forts, ships of 
war, and field-batteries thundered forth the heavy boom 
of artillery. 

In front of the chancel, chairs of state were placed for 
the accommodation of the king-consort and the queen of 
Portugal. Immediately after the marriage ceremony, 
high mass was performed, followed by a grand Te Deum. 
This concluded the ceremonies, and royalty departed to 
the palace, the " great unwashed " cheering lustily as the 
slow passage was made. 


Count Foroba, a nobleman of immense wealth, was 
very fond of public amusements, and particularly of mas 
querade balls. This season they had, under his patron 
age, been the most successful of the carnival amusements. 
Lent put an end to such indulgences ; but on the occasion 
of the royal marriage, a dispensation was granted by the 
bishop of the diocese, and Count Foroba announced that 
a bal masque of unusual magnificence would take place 
on the night after the day of the marriage. 

The fondness for this species of amusement pervades 
all parts of Europe. There is no spectacle a traveller 
can witness that gives greater pleasure. 

Among the midshipmen of the different men-of-war in 
port the ball was the subject of eager preparation. The 
young gentlemen of the United States frigate trusted 
mostly to the well-supplied costume establishments of the 
city. Many, though, were exercising their own ingenuity 
in arranging dresses for such characters as suited their 
fancies. Paul determined to attend, but was undecided 
as to his costume. On the morning of the day preceding 
the entertainment he was accosted by Randal : 

" Well, Paul, what have you decided upon for the ball 
to-night ? " 

" Nothing. Have you ? " 

" No. In every character lhat strikes my fancy, some 
of the chaps have anticipated me. At the costumers' the 
Britishers have engaged nearly all the best dresses. " In 
deed, I saw nothing that pleased me, and I am at a dead- 

" "Well, let us exercise our inventive faculties, and pos 
sibly we may hit upon something that will prove unique. 
Let me see. Eureka ! I have it, Ned ! We will go as 


Comanche Indians. You are tall, high-cheekboned, and 
can represent a chief remarkably well. I am rather 
petit and slender, so I will assume the humble character 
of your squaw. What say you ? " 

" Capital ! Do you know that, in all the lists of dress 
es, I never saw an Indian's mentioned ! Nor did I ever, 
in my Mediterranean experiences, see the character repre 
sented. I tell you what it is, we can produce a sensation ! 
Now for the rigging." 

" That is no difficult matter. Make skull-caps, stick 
oakum to them, combed out nicely, then dyed with lamp 
black and spirits of turpentine. So much for our hair 
not exactly comporting with the savage idea of scalping- 
locks, but excellent for dramatic effect. Then, out of 
gaudy calico we will model the shirts, and trim them with 
beads ; leggings of buckskin, decorated from knee to 
ankle with small brass bells ; moccasins I know we have 
in the mess ; wampum-belts out of thin leather, garnished 
with trinkets ; parti-colored rooster- feathers in our hair ; 
tomahawks, bows, and arrows. Then, our faces, neck, 
hands and arms painted copper color, with the war- 
streaks in bold relief. And there, Ned, is your perfect 
Indian, without expense, delay, or trouble ! " 

No sooner said than done. In a few hours, with Jack's 
ready needle and the prompt devices of the midshipmen, 
the Indian costumes were not only made, but were a suc 

The evening came, and Handal and Forbes donned 
their improvised Comanche robes. When, their faces 
were painted, they were terrible in their assumed wild- 
ness and savagery. The officers of the ship expressed 
much satisfaction, and gave it as their opinion that all the 


costumers of Lisbon could not have excelled in natural 
ness this representation of the aborigines of America. 

They started for the San Carlos opera house a theatre 
of immense proportions stopping first at the Restaurant 
Americano, kept by one Antonio, whose nationality 
changed with every popular naval arrival. As the 
American squadron was now presumed to deal more lib 
erally in the precious metal, the title of Restaurant 
Americano had been promptly bestowed by him upon his 

Antonio informed the middies that the house was not 
only crowded with spectators, but that the ball-room was 
thronged with maskers, and every one pronounced it to 
be the grandest mask that had ever been seen in Lisbon. 
Having arranged their programme, and some Indian 
lingo for the furtherance of the personation, the young 
Americans entered the theatre. 

Fancy four tiers of boxes crowded with spectators, the 
old and the young, the beautiful and the ugly ; the pit 
and stage turned into one immense dancing-saloon ; mir 
rors filling the entire rear of the building ; two full 
orchestras on opposite sides of the auditorium, and the 
floor thronged with about eighteen hundred maskers, rep 
resenting every character history has recorded or fancy 
could suggest. The scene was absolutely bewildering. 

The entrance of the Indians was reflected by the mir 
rors as they passed the portals, and the effect was instan 
taneous. As they promenaded around the place they 
attracted the entire attention of the house. The excite 
ment on the floor passed to the boxes, and when the chief 
and squaw had completed the circuit, peal upon peal of 
applause arose from the dense mass of human beings. 


An Irish midshipman, who represented the part of Dr. 
O'Tool, was heard to observe : 

" An' be me sowl, it's nothin' more nor less than rale 
In j ins they are ! It's no disguise, be jabers ! " 

" Yes," said another, in jockey costume, " they have 
brought down the 'ouse, and they do it hexcellently ; 
and-er the fellows talk in the real vernacular dem me ! " 

As Randal and Paul were ignorant of the Indian dia 
lect, they were amused to observe .how completely they 
deceived every one with their gibberish, delivered in a 
guttural tone somewhat resembling the manner of the 
Western tribes. 

Count Foroba immediately sought their acquaintance, 
and really believed them to be native Indians, appointed 
to the American navy, who had resumed their national 
garb to render honor to the masquerade. His attentions 
were excessive, but not greater than was bestowed on 
them by all the Englishmen present. 

If Mr. Randal and Paul seated themselves cross-legged, 
and indulged in incomprehensible conversation, the entire 
company gathered around in rapt attention. This con 
tinued for a long time, but was interrupted at last by 
. quite a scene. 

An English gentleman quietly informed Eandal that 
two French officers had gone out to assume the dress of 
polar bears, and they hoped to bring defeat upon the 
Indians, not being pleased with the complete American 
triumph. Mr. Randal thanked him, and replied : 

" Eagle-Eye is on the war-path. Many grizzly scalps 
hang in his wigwam ! " 

They had not long to wait. The Comanches were 
standing near the mirrors, at the further end of the ball- 


room, when two large bears were seen just within the 
door, standing on their hind-legs, performing antics with 
their fore-paws. The audience observed them, and at 
once turned to notice the effect of their presence on the 
aborigines. Randal whispered : 

" Paul, take the white chap ; he is the smallest. Our 
impetus will give us the victory. We must not fail ! 
The big fellow for me. If he were Goliath, I would be 
his David to-night 1 " 

The bears approached, the Indians affecting not to 
observe them, but crouched low, as if passing through the 
forest after game. 

Randal's attitude was striking. It produced a death 
like silence, and even with the orchestra. Suddenly ris 
ing, he leaped in the air, and gave a perfect yell, and, 
with Paul, scampered down the ball-room, uttering war- 
whoop after war-whoop. Ladies on the floor screamed ; 
some fainted ; and the maskers cowered from the war 
path. One could really have fancied a tribe of wild 
Indians had broken loose from the "Western prairies. 

The consternation was remarkable. On they rushed, 
Randal at the black bear, Paul at the white one. Their 
impetus was irresistible. Over went the Frenchmen flat 
on their backs, and, with their feet on the fallen foe, 
stood our midshipmen, uttering shouts of triumph. 

The audience, which had watched the scene with in 
tense excitement, rose to its feet en masse, and, waving 
hats, scarfs, and handkerchiefs, screamed " Bravo ! bravo ! 
Bravo, Americano ! Bravo, Americano ! " The orchestra, 
not to be outdone, dashed off into " Hail Columbia," amid 
deafening cheers from the American part of the assem 


The French officers retired in disgust and anger, 
which their friends laughed away, telling them they had 
brought the contretemps upon themselves, and had better 
pass it off pleasantly. They concluded to do so, and 
before the evening ended the Indians drank a glass of 
champagne with them, at the expense of the admiring 
Count Foroba. 

If the Comanches had enjoyed popularity before, the 
admiration was now redoubled. Later, a request came 
from numerous ladies of distinction soliciting the Indians 
to perform their celebrated war-dance. At first Randal 
declined ; but solicitations became so numerous and 
urgent, that, under the influence of their unexpected 
success, to say nothing of the inspiration of the spark 
ling wines, they finally consented, and retired to Anto 
nio's private room- for consultation. 

" Paul," said Randal, " I rather think we are in for it. 
How in the mischief are we to get out of this ? Con 
found me if I ever saw the war-dance ! I absolutely 
know nothing about it." 

" "Well, Is ed, I once witnessed it in the play of ' Meta- 
mora,' and remember quite enough to drill you into the 
stage effects, which are all we want. Our humbugging 
thus far has succeeded so admirably, I think it quite 
appropriate that we wind up with a grand finishing 

So they rehearsed, and in a short time came before the 
expectant audience. Several midshipmen were engaged 
as supernumeraries, to assist in the yells, in order to 
heighten the effect. Two voices, however sonorous, Ran 
dal thought were not sufficient. 

Dancing ceased, and a circle of masqueraders formed 

144 NAtrriLUB. 

around the centre of the room, enclosing our two actors. 
First, Randal and Paul seated themselves, and affected to 
paint and poison their arrows ; singing, during the opera 
tion, in a low, guttural, musicless tone, and occasionally 
raising their voices to a high alto. Finally, Randal arose 
and addressed the council in an eloquent speech, remark 
able for its gesticulation and incongruity of sounds. It 
was supposed that he related the deeds of great warriors, 
which they proposed to emulate. 

At the end of every sentence they paused and uttered 
shrill war-cries, which were vociferously seconded by the 
reefer supernumeraries. At last Randal drew his toma 
hawk, flourished it frantically around his head, and 
hurled it with fury to the floor. Fortunately for the 
desired effect, it struck and quivered. Then, such leap 
ing, yelling, and dancing, no Bedlamites ever excelled 
before ! They shot the enemy, scalped them, and tor 
tured them at the stake. 

As absurd as the scene must have been to one ac 
quainted with such real performances, it produced the 
wildest applause, and exclamations of " Bravo ! bravo ! 
Bravo, Americano ! " 

Covered with perspiration, that ran the paint in the 
most grotesque shades upon their countenances, exhaust 
ed, and laughing, Randal and Paul gave one grand final 
break-down and one last war-howl, splendidly seconded 
by the midshipmen, and, like a used-up orchestra at the 
close of a grand opera, they rushed precipitately from 
the ball-room. 

On the following day the masquerade was much more 
the theme of conversation than the marriage of Donna 
Maria. Randal and Paul were lionized by both English 


and French, and became the recipients of mucli courtesy 
from the Portuguese. 

In about ten days after this event, an officer of her 
Majesty's ship Rodney sent a copy of the London Morn 
ing Chronicle to Randal. It contained a letter from a 
Lisbon correspondent, giving a full account of the royal 
marriage, and a very elaborate one of the masquerade. 
The closing paragraph read as follows : 

" The ball was unquestionably one of the finest ever 
seen in Lisbon. The audience was large, the maskers 
numerous, and admirably costumed in character. But 
the decided lions of the evening were two American mid 
shipmen, who personated to perfection a Comanche chief 
and squaw. A conflict with two French officers dressed 
as grizzly bears was exciting and triumphant, yet eclipsed 
by their thrilling delineation of the council-meeting, 
unburying of the tomahawk, and war-dance. We learned 
that these talented young gentlemen had been reared 
among the wild warriors of Western America, and spoke 
their language with fluency." 



PET WEEN the midshipmen of her Britannic 
Majesty's fleet then anchored in the Tagus, and 
the American " reefers," a very cordial intimacy 
sprang up. International parties were constantly meet 
ing and passing off with harmony. 

The young officers of the English sloop-of-war Pearl 
particularly fraternized with Paul Forbes and his ship 
mates. Their frolics together were very pleasant, and 
their jokes upon each other very amusing. The latter 
were always received with good-humor, though they were 
sometimes rather pungent. 

Among the "Pearls" there was one midshipman whose 
stupidity made him the general butt. In every romping 
game he invariably fell upon his head, amid the laughter 
of his comrac^ps, and exclamations of " Go it, dunder 
head ! " " Tiy it again, loggerhead ! " 

Now, this unlucky individual excited more interest with 
Paul than any other of the British middies. Circum 
stances will show, however, that he was not wanting in 
penetration or fair ability, though he was awkward and 
apparently obtuse. 


The Pearl unexpectedly received orders to sail for Bil- 
boa, on the coast of Spain, where at this time the civil 
war between the Carlists and the adherents of Queen 
Isabella was progressing with a ferocity rarely equalled 
in history. 

This sloop-of-war was gone two months, and returned, 
finding the frigate still at anchor in the Tagus. Paul 
arid several of the steerage officers obtained a boat and at 
once repaired on board, to pay their respects to their old 
friends. On reaching the quarter-deck, they were sur 
prised to find Mr. Egan, the " dunderhead," in charge of 
the deck, dressed in the uniform of a lieutenant. 

" Hallo, Egan ! " cried Paul, " you seem to have had a 
sudden lift, my old boy ! I congratulate you." 

" Yes, Forbes ; Fortune has smiled upon me. But go 
below ; the fellows will tell you all about it." 

So, down they went, and, after a glass of grog and a 
recital of the news connected with the squadrons, one of 
the midshipmen asked a master's-mate of the Pearl how 
it happened that Egan sported the uniform and assumed 
the duties of a lieutenant. The officer interrogated was 
also a merry son of the Emerald Isle, whose good-natured 
humor had made him a favorite with the American offi 
cers. He answered heartily : 

" Well, me boys, it's meself that is glad to tell ye of 
any good luck that tumbles into the breeches-pocket of a 
mess-mate. And though Egan is, as a reefer, somewhat 
troubled with stupidity, yet, upon me sowl, I always felt 
convinced it was himself that would sprout into a Solon 
iwhen the golden opportunity should offer. 

" When we left here, two months ago, we were under 
orders to proceed to Bilboa, in Spain, and keep a sharp 


look-out on the movements of Mr. Don Carlos who can 
not be much of a gentleman, or he wouldn't be fighting a 
young female, already crowned queen of the counthry. 
lie has got up quite a respectable rebellion, and all the 
praists in the northern part of the counthry have joined 
him. Don Carlos is represented as fonder of paternos 
ters, masses, and bead-telling, than of the smell of gun 
powder. However, he has some fighting chaps, who 
breast the battle while he does the praying and penance. 

" Now, England, you know, proposes to be very neutral 
in the matter, but nevertheless has an itching to meddle 
in the family quarrel. So, our captain, Lord Pinto, who 
is known to be a fighting fellow, was sent there with dip 
lomatic orders, which he construed to mean that his Gov 
ernment intended the saucy Pearl should take a hand 
and dance at the ball. Be this as it may, to Bilboa we 
went. Don Carlos had the place in rather a tight box. 
So Lord Pinto came to a prompt conclusion, and deter 
mined to act at once. He landed a part of the crew and 
occupied an eminence, to check the approach of the Car- 
list forces. "While we were erecting a battery, bang ! 
went a gun from a height commanding our position. 

" The ball played Jack with some of our chaps, and in 
a few moments other barkers opened, making our position 
not only uncomfortable but untenable. Most officers, 
under the circumstances, would have quietly retired ; bufcj 
my lord, having one of those bull-dog natures which 
never lets go a hold when the teeth have fairly entered, 
stood amid a rain of bullets, biting his lips and looking 
particularly savage. At last he sang out : 

" ' Who will take that battery ? ' 

" Before any one else could reply, up jumps Egan, his 


eyes sparkling with new-born intelligence and animation : 
1 1 will, sir ! ' said he. ( Give me thirty volunteers ; that 
is all I ask.' 

" My lord was astonished at this sudden outbreak from 
a quarter where such gallantry was unexpected. He 
paused a moment. Egan eagerly renewed his offer, and 
it was accepted. The whole command volunteered. 

" Egan selected thirty reliable men, and started down 
the eminence, out of sight of the Spaniards. He made 
a long detour, for the purpose of outflanking the enemy, 
who never dreamed of being assailed ; while they con 
tinued to pepper us so effectually that we could not put a 
gun in position. 

" Anxiously we watched for Egan's demonstration. 
The enemy continued their cannonade, and time flew on. 
Lord Pinto became nervous. He said to lis : 

" ; I was a fool to commit an expedition of so much 
importance to the hands of a dunce ! He will be cap 
tured, and we disgraced. Bilboa, in consequence of my 
inability to check the Carlists, must capitulate.' 

" He did some tall swearing, and looked very despond 

" ' Do you see any movement in that battery, sir ? ' said 
he to the signal midshipman. 

" ' No, sir ; they serve their guns without the least 

" ' Then we have made a ridiculous failure ! Look 
again, sir. Do you see anything like apprehension among 
those rascals up there ? ' 

" ' No, sir ; they load and fire with regularity and with 
out confusion.' 

" There was an unpleasant silence of some minutes, 


while the balls pattered against our half-constructed 
breastworks, behind which we lay ensconced in anything 
but a pleasing state of mind. Suddenly the signal mid 
shipman gave a shout of joy, and cried : 

" ' Something is going on ! I see the gunners leave the 
guns. A struggle is evidently in progress, sir ! ' 

" "We could then hear the yells of our gallant boys. It 
was the work of but a few moments. We saw the enemy 
hurled down the mountain. The Carlist flag disappeared, 
and, amid tremendous cheers, reechoed from our excited 
command, up went the glorious flag of St. George, and 
Egan stood waving his hat in triumph over the battle 
field. Upon me sowl, it was a beautiful sight ! 

" Lord Pinto called to me, and said : 

" ' Go, sir, and relieve Lieutenant Egan, and open at 
once on the Carlists ! Send that officer to me.' 

" I obeyed, and found our young hero turning the guns 
on the Carlists, in anticipation of the 'order. On his 
rejoining my lord, he was received with both hands, and 
complimented in the handsomest manner upon his splen 
did feat. The admiral (who arrived a few days after) 
confirmed the promotion in flattering terms, I can tell 

" That is the long and short of it, old boy. So, pass 
the rosy, and we will drink long life and happiness to our 
late worthy mess-mate, and speedy promotion for every 
good fellow 'who makes the best of his condition." 

It was pleasant to observe the total absence of envy or 
jealousy in a mess where, but a few weeks previously, 
Lieutenant Egan was the junior member. This officer 
has now attained the rank of Admiral in her Britannic 
Majesty's navy. Ilis gallantry and excellent judgment is 


proverbial, and no one in the service is more distin 
guished. Nothing is truer in life than the assertion, 
made by Decatur at a public dinner, when responding to 
a highly complimentary toast in his honor : 

" Man is the creature of circumstances, and circum 
stances make the man." 

Events of a public character detained the American 
frigate for some weeks longer in Lisbon, and in the mean 
time Paul's correspondence with Malaga had been con 

Finally, the orders were given to depart, and, after 
passing the rock of Gibraltar, a day more found the 
Americans again anchored off Malaga. Paul's impa 
tience to visit the shore called forth much steerage rail 
lery, which he was compelled to endure. Anger mani 
fested on such occasions only excited a more merciless 

Benton sang out : 

" Paul, my boy, indeed you must moderate your Orien 
tal tastes ! Carolina or Zarah which one do you decide 
upon ? It is not fair you should play the Grand Turk, 
and keep all the beauties to yourself ! " 

" Oh, yes ! " chimed in Randal ; " this grand seignior 
has been the cause of anguish to my tender bosom. But 
for his selfishness, I, too, might be happy " 

" In a barrel of soap ! " ejaculated Paul, making his 
way rapidly on deck to avoid Randal's boot, which was 
shied at his head. Since his confessions, Randal had 
been harassed to madness with raillery, and was always 
desired to " howl elsewhere " whenever he ventured to 
indulge his voice in melody. 

The commodore ordered his aid to attend him in the 


barge. Paul's alacrity amused Lieutenant Pembrook, 
who was aware of his penchant. As officer of the deck, 
he rather provokingly exhibited on this occasion some of 
his dormant sense of the humorous, and made it a point 
to consume more time than usual in having the boat pre 
pared, while he enjoyed poor Paul's impatience. 

When the barge was manned, Paul started to report 
the same, though the duty properly belonged to one of 
the midshipmen of the watch. Lieutenant Pembrook 
checked him, and, as the commodore was coming up the 
ladder, remarked : 

" ' More haste, less speed,' Mr. Forbes ! The greeting 
will not be diminished in pleasure by a few moments' 

The middy came near forgetting himself ; but the kind 
smile of the lieutenant checked the irritable answer on 
his lips, and he felt that he merited a rebuke for his un- 
officerlike haste. 

The barge arrived at the landing, and the old commo 
dore rode to the palace, accompanied by his aid. On 
their way up the rugged hills, the chief for a wonder ! 
condescended to enter into conversation. lie observed : 

" You seem to enjoy a very intimate association with 
the governor's daughters, sir ? It is rather early in life 
to indulge in serious intentions. Midshipmen, though, 
consider themselves Methuselalis before their beards 

" Our intimacy, commodore, crosses not the limits of 
sincere friendship. The ladies are unusually intelligent 
and refined " 

" And," growled the old Triton, " dangerously beauti 
ful 1 Yes, I have seen just such friendships in my day. 


They usually result in matrimony, a handful of children, 
and mighty short rations. But, here we are, sir ! " 

They passed the sentinel, and were shortly on the ver 
anda, where the governor met them with evident satisfac 

" I am glad to welcome you back, commodore. My 
daughters recognized the frigate, and have watched every 
boat that has left her, anticipating the appearance of this 
young gentleman. "Walk in ! While we are devoting 
our older heads to public matters, Mr. Forbes can find 
amusement in the parlor." 

Paul dashed into the parlor without further ado, and 
was met by Carmina and Zarah with joyful greetings. 
lie modestly kissed their fingers, though he ought to have 
known that their lips would not have been denied to him. 

" Now, dear Paul," said Carmina, " take a seat between 
us [he did so, and a hand of each], and tell us all about 
Lisbon and the masquerade ball. We laughed heartily 
over your account. Tell us, did you fall in love with any 
beautiful Portuguese lady ? " 

Paul denied the soft impeachment, with many flat 
tering allusions to the superior beauty of the Malaga 

" Why, Carmina," exclaimed Zarah, " our Indian 
prince returns with a cargo of compliments. We won't 
listen to any more of it, sir ! How long can you stay, 
Paul ? " 

" I am on duty, and cannot answer the question." 

" Then I will approach your fearful chief myself. Do 
you think he will order me into irons, or have me shot for 
conspiracy ? " 

" Indeed, Carmina, I would rather you avoided the pos- 

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sibility of incurring his displeasure. It is a dangerous 
thing for any one to play with the lion's paw." 

" I fear him not, Paul." 

And, before remonstrance could be made, Carmina 
dashed out of the room. Her absence was brief. Re 
appearing, with a merry laugh she exclaimed : 

" I aroused the lion from his lair ; his roar alarmed me 
not. Looking as charming as I could, I asked him to 
commit his innocent aid to our charge. He was about to 
give a gruff refusal, when I laid my hand pleadingly on 
his arm, and said : ' Commodore, you must not deny my 
request ; for, if you do, you will meet with a heavy loss.' 

" ' What is that ? ' he said, quickly. 

" I pouted, and he took the hint at once, and it ended 
in my bribing him witli a kiss ! The stern countenance 
relaxed into tenderness. He put his arm around me, and 
said, mildly : ' You remind me of one I have lost.' Paul, 
a big tear rolled down his bronzed cheek. It looked like 
* a stranger in a strange land.' His voice trembled for a 
moment, as he added : ' God bless you, my daughter ! ' 
The fountain closed, and the stern commander was gran 
ite again. My request was granted, and you have until 
to-morrow to play the knight." 

The day passed off merrily, and the old Commodore 
departed, telling Paul, before going, that he was indebted 
to Miss Carmina for his leave of absence of twenty-four 
hours from the ship, and that he was to consider himself 
entirely under her orders for the time. All this was cer 
tainly very agreeable to the young reefer. 

In the evening, several of the officers of the frigate 
called, and among them were Lieutenants Pembrook and 
Xorris, and Passed Midshipman Randal. As the story of 


lenze was familiar to the governor's daughters, Pembrook, 
as might be expected, was to them a person of unusual 
interest. His handsome countenance, shaded with melan 
choly, heightened the romance which attached to his his 

Randal rattled away in his usual vivacious manner. 
The rebuff he had received from Carmina at the tertulia 
had checked his proclivities in that quarter, and now his 
attentions were almost exclusively bestowed upon Zarafc, 
who met them with rather more kindness than her sister. 
This encouraged him to tell many anecdotes, new even to 
the officers ; and the amusement they afforded, even when 
at his expense, added to the general hilarity. The gov 
ernor entered into the spirit of the evening, and made the 
gentlemen feel perfectly at ease ; so that, when they 
departed, it was with a sentiment of regret at the rapid 
flight of time. 

As Randal bade Paul good-night, he whispered : 

" Old fellow, Miss Zarah is decidedly at a premium ! 
Be generous, and say a good word for me." 

Paul, of course, promised to do his qualities full jus 
tice, and keep dark about his New York sweethearts. 

For several days the frigate remained at Malaga. 
Every spare hour of Paul's time was spent in the society 
of his friends. Indeed, such was the intimacy, that he 
always went prepared to tarry for the night. 

When the hour for parting came, the girls clung around 
Paul's neck with bitter weeping, as if already possessed 
with a premonition of the darker days that awaited them. 
He tore himself away with a vague feeling of disquiet, 
for which he could discover no satisfactory cause. 




HE frigate sailed for Port Mahon to refit. Among 
the damsels at this port were some whose beauty 
and bewitching manners captivated the middies. 
One in particular, enjoying the familiar name of " Nan 
cy," became the inamorata of Paul's intimate friend, 

"Weakness for womankind had never before troubled 
this son of Georgia ; but Miss Nancy's bright eyes and 
melodious voice demolished his breastworks, and routed 
the defenders of his heart, horse, foot, and artillery. He, 
the hitherto unimpressioned, became, as Randal termed 
it, " absolutely spooney." 

The executive, an officer of the old school, made the 
young gentlemen toe the mark. Irregular liberty on 
shore he never granted. 

Midshipman Clifford fancied himself desperately in 
love. While attending to a rigging-gang in the navy 
yard, he watched the newly- whitewashed domicile of the 
irresistible Nancy, and cursed the trammels of a profes 
sion that held him in its thraldom. 

One sunset he reported his party " all on board " to the 


first lieutenant, and requested permission to revisit the 
shore. It was flatly refused. In high dudgeon, Clifford 
descended to the steerage. The steward presented him 
with a delicately perfumed billet-doux, after the perusal 
of which he became meditatively silent. 

Leander swam the Hellespont, while Hero watched his 
approach and greeted him with embraces and loving 
kisses. Clifford determined to imitate not only this his 
toric example, but the more modern one of almost 
nightly occurrence among the Jack Tars of " drinking 
salt water " for their sweethearts. That may be described 
as swimming ashore on the sly, for a few hours of connu 
bial happiness. 

The night was cold, and the watch less on the alert 
than usual. The crew had already enjoyed a " bust " on 
liberty, consequently the inclination for a temporary de 
sertion was not now anticipated. Forbes, at Clifford's 
request, relieved him from the night-watch r little dream 
ing of the moist excursion contemplated by his friend. 

About eleven P.M., when every one on board save the 
look-outs had retired to rest, Clifford, with his clothing 
made into a small bundle lashed to his head, carefully 
and noiselessly lowered himself from the bridle-port, and 
settled into the chill water with a shudder. When he 
thought the marine on post had turned his back, he parted 
from the rope, and began swimming with measured strokes 
for the adjacent shore. He had hardly progressed in this 
Leander-like expedition fifty yards, when the "Jolly" 
caught sight of him, and hailed. Receiving no answer, 
he sang out : 

" Man deserting, sir ! " 

" Fire ! " shouted the officer of the deck ; and bang ! 


bang ! went the muskets from gangway and forecastle. 
A boat was promptly called away ; but always on these 
occasions the crew are unusually slow in obeying. The 
distance being short, Clifford landed before Paul, in the 
cutter, had proceeded ten yards from the ship. 

As the first ball had whizzed by Clifford, he had natu 
rally ducked his head to avoid the next ; thus his traps 
received a soaking, which, on landing, was the cause of 
considerable annoyance to him. 

Love is excellent fuel to keep the heart warm, though 
one would rather suppose .that the fires might be put out 
by a superfluity of cold moisture. The thermometer in 
Clifford's bosom was no doubt very near the freezing 
point, when, in a cold March wind, he tremblingly 
donned his wet shirt, pantaloons, vest, and jacket. 

There was no alternative ; to dress was a necessity. 
So, on his -clothes had to go. Having arrayed himself as 
best he could, he found a momentary relief in a friendly 
"Posada publico? where spiritual comforts were vended 
to seafaring wanderers. A glass of aqua vita warmed 
him up, and, thus fortified, he repaired to the biding- 
place of the fair Nancy, expecting to behold her Hero- 
like torch blazing from the reception-room window. 

Alas ! how often in life are we doomed to disappoint 
ment, when we look forward in imagination to the cherry 
lips and soft embraces which we suppose are awaiting iis ! 
Cold looked the hacienda. Not a light flickered from 
the crevice of a single window. Poor Clifford had drank 
salt water for his lady in vain. His clothing (thing to his 
body like the douse-sheet used in a hydropathic establish 
ment. He wandered disconsolately around the house, 
tried the national " hist ! " and attempted in vain to win's- 

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tie. He tapped furtively at the door. Silence reigned 

It was necessary that he should be on board before the 
dawn of day ; so, with a muttered curse on all such jilts, 
poor Clifford retraced his footsteps, with the cheering 
reflection that another bath and a rather risky swim was 
before him. 

Fortunately, he encountered a party of officers who 
were legitimately absent from the vessel, and took pas 
sage with them ; gliding, as he supposed unseen, through 
the gun-deck port, as the rest ascended to the quarter 
deck and reported their return on board. 

Paul had been standing at the gangway, and his quick 
eye caught the sly reentrance of Clifford ; and ere this 
Leander could change his wet garments and retire to his 
neglected hammock, the mischievous scamp stood near 
him, lantern in hand. With quizzical look and affected 
solicitude he exclaimed : 

" Hallo, Ned ! This must have been a very moist visit, 
old boy ! I hope Miss Nancy repaid you for this indul 
gence in salt water ! Did you drink much ? " 

" Paul, for Heaven's sake have pity on me, and don't 
let on about this to the fellows ! " 

Paul laughed, and promptly left his friend to his 
hydropathic reflections. 

The frigate was again ready for sea, the anchor 
weighed, and, with a fair wind, she steered to the north 
ward. A rapid passage brought her into the harbor of 
Toulon, which was crowded with the French Mediterra 
nean fleet. After the usual salutes and oflicial ceremo 
nies were over, permission was granted to the midship- 


men to visit the shore and examine the famous naval 

The extensive navy yard, of course, excited their pro 
fessional curiosity. The docks were numerous, but not 
built with the solidity of those of America ; nor did the 
reefers think the ships in progress as well timbered, 
though the models were much admired. The rope-walk, 
with its ingenious machinery, was very interesting, and 
also the model loft, where attention was particularly 
arrested by a series of miniature craft, exhibiting the 
style of vessels the great emperor built when he contem 
plated the invasion of England. 

After inspecting all that was interesting in the navy 
yard, the gentlemen strolled to the mole-head. On the 
opposite side of the spacious harbor could be seen the 
numerous fortifications for the protection of Toulon. 
One spot, from its historical reminiscences, was more 
attractive than the rest. It was called, in 1793, " Little 
Gibraltar." Here the genius of Napoleon as an officer 
of artillery was first developed ; here his star first rose 
above the horizon. Their eyes passed over the broad 
expanse of water, and rested upon a solitary ship, whose 
lower masts only were standing. An enthusiastic French 
man told them, with heightened color, that it was La 
Muiron, the frigate that bore Napoleon and his fortunes 
from Egypt to France. Toulon is almost wholly a naval 
depot. Everything about it smells of rope and tar. The 
city is well built, and has many handsome edifices. A 
general bustle pervades the place, giving one constantly 
the impression that some important expedition is under 
preparation. Such, however, was not the case when our 
middies visited it. The navy lay idle in port, varying 



the monotony of the service by constant drills at gun 
nery, fleet sailing, or making and taking in sail, etc. 

The visit of the Nautilus to Toulon was for the pur 
pose of receiving from Marseilles the mails and the one 
thing needful money. This accomplished, the anchor 
was tripped, and away the frigate glided over the rip 
pling sea for the coast of Italy. 

A brief run brought Genoa, "La Superba," in full 






H HE frigate tarried a few days at Genoa and Leg 
horn. While in the latter port, the midshipmen 
were permitted to go ashore in relays to visit the 
Tuscan capital, Florence, which was reached in those 
days by diligence. In this beautiful city they passed 
nearly a week, devoting their time to the usual sight 

As has before been observed, a man-of-war can usually 
boast of many odd and unique characters. Nor are they 
restricted to any particular part of the ship. The pecu 
liar eccentricities of Lieutenant Hilarity have already 
been alluded to. The steerage 'also possessed some origi 
nals, particularly a midshipman by the name of Herbert, 
whose reputation as a practical joker was notorious 
throughout the service. 

As a midshipman, he had served a number of years 
beyond the prescribed term of probation for that class of 
officers. Notifications to attend examination were utterly 
unheeded by him, as he had 110 ambition to exalt himself 


above his original position as a midshipman, and clung 
to the steerage with a fondness hardly conceivable. In 
every vessel in which he had sailed, although by many 
years tile senior of his associates, he was still the boyish 
joker, the steerage poet-laureate, and the fun-maker of 
his mess. 

He was master's-mate of the gun-deck of this frigate, 
rigid in his discipline, but never neglecting an opportu 
nity for the enjoyment of his inclination for practical 
joking. A solemn countenance veiled the comical turn 
in his disposition, and he was afraid of nothing, not even 
the granite commodore, whose anger generally struck ter 
ror into the hearts of every one under his command. 

The countenance of old " Bruin " was known to have 
been illuminated by a smile but once on board the ship. 
The circumstances were as follows : 

Every Saturday was set apart as a day for the grand 
official inspection of the ship. It was conducted with all 
the military etiquette belonging to the naval service. 
The crew dreaded it, well knowing the close scrutiny that 
attended its observance on the part of their exacting com 
modore. Prior to the appointed hour, the men could be 
observed bestowing particular attention upon every arti 
cle of bright work that belonged to their stations. Care 
fully were ropes flemished down, and gingerly every man 
" titivated " his dress. 

The hour arrives ; two bells are struck ; the drum 
beats to quarters, and five hundred men line the deck 
fore and aft, even with the breaches of their guns, headed 
by the handsomely-uniformed officers of each division, 
who muster and report to the first lieutenant. This report 
is announced by him to the commander-in-chief . 


The drum rolls ; tne band plays a spirited march, and 
from the cabin issues the commodore, attended by his 
staff. Passing along the line of inspection, heads are 
uncovered, and every man experiences a sensation of 
nervousness until old Bruin passes. 

Midshipman Herbert, as inaster's-mate of the gun-deck, 
had charge of what is called the " galley division." It 
consisted of some fourteen negro cooks, who were drawn 
up in front of the ship's kitchen, with all their utensils 
arranged in order for general inspection. 

The commodore owned a bjack goat, whose beat was 
principally around the galley. When muster occurred, 
she always placed herself on the right of the ship's cook, 
with as much formality and dignity as any of her two- 
legged companions. 

On the day referred to, the haughty chief passed by 
the battery, and vainly endeavored to discover some 
defect. Arriving at the galley, he found, for "the first 
time, a blemish. It was in the carlins over the ship's 
coppers, which by the steam had become yellow, in place 
of the usual white. Eying it savagely, he turned like a 
tiger upon Midshipman Herbert. He raised his long, 
bony finger, and pointed at the defects, at the same time 
exclaiming : 

" You neglect your duty, sir ! I'll arrest you, sir ! I'll 
try you by court-martial, sir I Never let me see this 
dereliction of duty again ! Everything about this galley 
must be perfectly white, sir perfectly white, sir ! " And 
he moved on in a rage, which to a reasonable observer 
would appear to be the height of absurdity. 

Those who comprehended him well perfectly under- 


stood that his tenacity upon small points was intended to 
produce perfection of discipline in general. 

Herbert had sailed with " Tartars " before, and, as he 
often laughingly observed, the tartaric acid of the ser 
vice never affected his stomach. However, he carefully 
remembered the order, and called witnesses to bear in 
mind its exact tenor : " Everything should be white about 
the galley, sir 1 " s 

A week rolled by ; inspection-day came again ; the 
same ceremonies were observed, the same anxiety was 
manifested, by the officers and crew. Passing forward, 
swelling with all the dignity of his station, he was met 
near the galley by his excited goat, whitewashed from 
horns to hoof! This startled him. A few steps further, 
and, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the accomplish 
ment of his order in the most absurd manner. Every 
thing was white about the galley pots, pans, and negro 
cooL? whitewashed from head to foot ! 

Herbert made the official salute with a grin so irresisti 
bly droll, that the indignation the commander-in-chief 
was about to indulge in gave place absolutely to a smile. 
He remembered his emphatic order, and now witnessed 
the practical manner with which it had been complied. 

The scene was too comical even for the adamantine 
nerves of old granite-face. He turned upon his heels 
and retired to the cabin without finishing the inspection. 
This was the first and only tune he was ever known to 
show an appreciation of the humorous. 

Though the frigate lay some distance from the shore, 
it was visited constantly by strangers. One day, when 
Paul was about to leave the quay, a tall, dignified gentle- 

166 ' NAUTILUS. 

man, evidently an Englishman, approached the barge, 
and, saluting him, respectfully said : 

" I believe, sir, this is a boat belonging to the United 
States frigate Nautilus f " 

" It is, sir ! " 

" I am accidentally detained with my wife and daugh 
ter in this place, by the non-arrival of an over-due packet 
steamer. Hearing of the advent of your frigate, we felt 
an earnest desire to visit, and I venture to solicit your 
courtesy in granting us a passage to it." 

" This is the commodore's barge," said Paul, " and the 
general orders do not permit her to be used as an ordi 
nary passage-boat ; but as ladies are in the case, I will 
convey you to the frigate with a great deal of pleasure." 

" I am grateful for your kindness, young gentleman, 
but fear I shall interfere with } r our official orders." 

" Have no uneasiness in that respect. I feel perfectly 
at liberty to assume a certain latitude of action. There 
fore bring your ladies to the boat as soon as possible." 

" You are very polite, sir, and shall be detained but a 
few moments." 

He disappeared, and, returning in a short time in a 
carriage, brought two ladies, evidently his wife and 

Paul hastened to escort the ladies to the boat, and acci 
dentally overheard the footman inquire what time in the 
afternoon his " lordship " would have the carriage ? 

This development of the gentleman's rank did not 
move the imperturbable reefer. He saw that the party 
was disposed to make the visit incog. , and he therefore 
exhibited no impertinent curiosity. 

When all were seated, and the boat had proceeded 


some distance from the wharf, " my lord," as we shall 
call him, presented Paul with his card, upon which was 
engraved, "Mr. Colfax, England." This amused Paul, 
but he promptly gave his own name, and the gentleman 
introduced him to Mrs. Colfax and Miss Hose, his daugh 

The party exhibited all the signs of that perfect breed 
ing which distinguishes the British aristocracy ; but the 
eyes of the warm-blooded young reefer did not linger 
long on the elderly persons who composed it. He found 
in their young companion a fresh and beautiful girl of 
the purest English type. 

The susceptible Paul tumbled head over ears in love, 
of course. He imagined that he had never seen such a 
lovely creature before. 

A light breeze fanned the surface of the sea as the 
barge, propelled by fourteen athletic seamen, cut through 
the waters towards the ship. 

" You have a noble-looking crew, sir," said Lord Col 
fax. " Are they all Americans ? " 

" All, sir." 

It must be difficult to distinguish between American 
and British sailors. Do you not find it so ? " 

" Sometimes, sir. The association between the two 
countries, the similarity of language, and the sameness in 
the habits and manners of sailors, often perplex us as to 
nationality. Seamen are the wandering cosmopolites of 
the world. As the song goes : 

" ' In every clime they find a port, 
In every port a home, sir.' 

They are, as a rule, never particular about the flag they 


sail under, as long as the pay is good and rations unex 

" Poor fellows ! " replied his lordship, " they are a 
shiftless, homeless, thoughtless class of wanderers ; here 
to-day, gone to-morrow ; sinking with their ship, tossed 
from the yard into a stormy ocean-grave ; dying of dis 
ease, passing out of existence without a tear, a question, 
or pulsation of regret from friends or relations. Thou 
sands upon thousands of young British seamen monthly 
leave our ports, never more to return or be heard of. It 
is a mournful reflection ; and yet this nomadic ocean-life 
is daily recruited from the land, as if there were a fasci 
nation in its terrors." 

" Father," said the pretty Rose, sotto voce, but not suffi 
ciently suppressed to escape Paul's acute ear, " did we 
ever fight the Americans ? " 

Her father smiled, and replied : 

" Yes, my dear, and came off second-best. The very 
frigate we are about to visit frequently humbled our 
pride upon the ocean." 

" Oh, yes 1 now I think I do remember America was 
once a British colony. Washington won her indepe,n- 
dence. And after that a second war occurred ; but what 
it was for or about, I do not recall." 

" It was a family quarrel, sharp and bloody ; for when 
relations fall out, they fight desperately. This difference 
lasted not long ; we made friends, and are now united in 
the bonds of friendship, never, I trust, again to be sev 

With much tact Lady Coif ax changed the conversation, 
probably thinking the discussion of an unfriendly passage 
of arms was hardly suitable to the occasion. She ques- 


tioned Paul in regard to the domestic occupation of the 
American women, particularly those of the South. 

The midshipman became quite eloquent in his descrip 
tion of his Southern home, and both ladies listened with 

The barge neared the frigate ; glasses were levelled at 
it by many young gentlemen, who anticipated a jolly day 
when any flirtation-material should arrive. Of course, 
the disappointment was universal when it was discovered 
that there was only one young lady in the party. 

Lord and Lady Coif ax passed up the ladder, as Paul 
whispered to Rose : 

" Do not desert me. Permit me to remain by your 
side as your escort for the day." 

With an evident look of pleasure, she answered : 

" I thank you, Mr. Forbes. I will have no other 
attendant but yon ! " 

On gaining the quarter-deck, Paul introduced Mr. and 
Mrs. Colfax and their daughter Hose. 

All appearance of disappointment vanished under the 
smiles of beauty. Randal, when the party moved for 
ward to inspect the ship, offered his arm to Miss Rose, 
who with an amused air turned to Paul, and said : 

" Here is my cavalier ! " 

As they walked away, poor Randal grumbled : 

" ' The Curse of Cromwell ' light on that youngster ! 
If a party 4 of angels from heaven should condescend to 
pay us a visit, he would pick out and walk off with the 
most beautiful, as, if it was his natural right ! " 

Never did man-of-war look more formidable with its 
array of guns, or more exquisitely neat in snow-white 
decks. Expressions of deligirt were uttered both by Lord 


and Lady Coif ax. Miss Rose spoke not, but looked on in 
wonder. Paul for the third time asked if she was 
pleased. Turning to him, with a long-drawn sigh, as if 
waking from a trance, she exclaimed : 

" This is absolutely enchanting ! What a life to lead ! 
Everything appears as if some genii endowed with 
mighty power had waved his magic wand, producing all 
I see and hear I " 

" This, Miss Rose, is the fairy-side of the picture, or, 
rather, its sunshine and calm. "When the hurricane 
comes in its strength, these gentle scenes give place to 
the terrible." 

" Ah, that I should like, too ! I should glory in the 
fierce contest of the elements. Existence without excite 
ment must be a miserable life for a man." 

" You would make a brave sailor ! " said Paul, laugh 
ing, while the excited girl blushed at her own impetuosity. 

Something Paul said in a low tone brought the carna 
tion to her cheeks again, and she trembled with emotion. 
Her answer was almost in a whisper : 

" It is but a month since I left the Convent of the 
Sacred Heart, in Rome. The world, as yet, is an enigma 
to me. Its labyrinths I must not hastily tread. Do not 
look distressed, Mr. Forbes ; you have not offended me. 
On the contrary, I am nattered nay, pleased. So, let us 
for the present have an armistice, and see how our elders 
are getting along in the cabin." 

On entering that apartment, Lord Coif ax was found in 
animated political conversation with t the commodore. 
Her ladyship and the surgeon were discussing polemics. 
Randal seemed to be enjoying the doctor's passion for 
controversy, and whispered to Paul : 


" Old Sawbones has mounted his hobby, and is run 
ning a quarter-race with Mrs. Colfax. "Was ever man so 
insanely beset with a rage for argument ? lie would go 
without his grub for four-and-twenty hours rather than 
back down one iota from a proposition. When he ampu 
tated poor Brown's leg, I heard the madman endeavoring 
to convince the unfortunate fellow, by a multitude of 
extraordinary assertions, that a cork leg was far superior 
to the original article." 

At the suggestion of the doctor, chairs were carried to 
the poop-deck, where the party at once assembled. It 
was early Spring, and nothing could have been more 
delightful than the balmy Italian atmosphere. The scen 
ery, too, was superb. To the westward lay the placid 
waters of the Mediterranean, dotted with the snowy can 
vas of passing vessels ; to the northward, barely visible, 
were the domes and the leaning tower of Pisa ; and 
behind was a background of verdant fields and vineyards. 
Leghorn, its cathedrals, its white buildings, and its ship 
ping spread along the shore, was just in front of them. 

While the guests, by the aid of spy-glasses, were bring 
ing these objects nearer to view, Paul embraced the 
opportunity to inform the first lieutenant of the high 
rank of the visitors. 

" I am not surprised, for I thought Mr. Colfax was 
more than an ordinary gentleman that is, if education, 
intelligence, and high breeding be typical of nobility. 
My manner shall not indicate the knowledge you have 
imparted ; but, on his leaving, I shall have the ship pay 
him the honors customary to an English Peer." 

Day was declining, and Lord Colfax signified his de 
sire to land before it became dark. At the same time, 


he requested the commodore to permit Paul to spend the 
night on shore. 

" The young gentleman's courtesy," he said, " has ena 
bled us to pass a day of unusual enjoyment one I shall 
long remember ; and to you, sir, and all your gentle 
manly officers, I beg to express my profound respect and 
gratitude for the reception you have given us on board of 
this magnificent ship." 

The commodore responded appropriately, and, after 
much courteous leave-taking, the barge received the 
guests and the delighted Paul Forbes. Miss Rose did 
not conceal her gratification at this addition to their number. 

When some twenty yards from the frigate, the ship's 
artillery thundered forth a salute, with the cross of St. 
George floating at the fore. 

Lord Colfax immediately comprehended ; his incog 
nito existed no longer. Rising in the boat, he uncovered, 
and bowed. Handkerchiefs waved from the poop, and 
the ladies were prompt in responding. 

" So, Mr. Forbes, my noisy footman revealed my sta 
tion ! I half suspected it, and could but admire your 
delicacy in observing my incognito. At what hour was 
your commanding officer enlightened ? " 

" After the collation, sir." 

Turning to the midshipman of the boat, he said : 

" On your return, do me the kindness to present the 
compliments of Lord Colfax to the commanding officer, 
with an assurance of his high appreciation of the honor 
done him as an English Peer." 

When the barge arrived, the carriage was waiting. 
Handing the ladies out, his lordship turned to the cox 
swain, and gave him a purse of gold, with the words : 


" My thanks ! This is for you and your crew." 

Paul and his new friends passed the evening at the 
opera, and, when they returned to the hotel, Lord and 
Lady Coif ax left the young couple to the enjoyment of 
their own society, merely requesting their daughter not to 
sit up too late. 

This permission to Rose to continue her interview with 
Paul, at this hour, evinced great confidence in the young 
gentleman. When alone, a silence of some minutes' 
duration was broken by a long-drawn sigh from Paul, 
who sorrowfully observed : 

" Ah, Miss Rose, my dream is passing away. Your 
father informs me you leave in the morning." 

" But we will meet again, I trust. It seems impossible 
this friendship should begin and end in the same day. 
Ko, it cannot be ! " 

" You will soon be among your relatives and friends," 
said Paul, " and in their caresses you will forget the 
American midshipman who dared to lift his thoughts to 
you. My heart will burst with grief if I do not seek 
relief in confession. The moment I saw you I loved 
you, and this is my first love. You may think this is 
premature, and disdain my honest avowal." 

" Ko, no ! Disdain for you never ! " 

" Then may I hope, dear Miss Rose ? " 

Her lips quivered, and she hid her face in her hands 
and sobbed. Paul strove to console her, but it was some 
time before she could speak. At length, recovering her 
self-possession, she said : 

u When we met, this morning, your appearance and 
manners interested me. When you asked to be my 
chaperon on board the ship, I was pleased. I enjoyed 


your company every moment we were together. When 
you were asked to come on shore with us, and accepted, I 
could scarcely conceal my delight. I have never before 
passed so happy a day. I am so young, and have seen so 
little of the world, that I can hardly explain the cause of 
this feeling. You must interpret it." 

Paul threw his arms around her, and the first kiss 
passed between them. Then she gently released herself 
from his embrace, and hurried to her room. 

Our young reefer was up betimes in the morning, to 
partake of a hasty breakfast with his friends. At its 
conclusion, Lord and Lady Colfax retired to perfect their 
arrangements for embarking ; and this gave the young 
lovers the desired opportunity to say their sad farewell 
and renew their vows of constancy. 

When our hero asked if he could write to her, she 
reflected for a moment, and said : 

" Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to hear 
constantly from you ; but as it would be, at present, a 
clandestine correspondence, I think it would be wrong. 
My sin in that respect will upbraid me, when I remem 
ber that, for the first time, my parents do not possess my 
entire confidence. My father will probably ask you to 
write to him ; and a message to me, however formal, I 
will construe into an expression of love. You can make 
the same application of my responses. You know I am 
not of age, and therefore not considered yet capable of 
judging for myself, or acting independently. Our time 
is up ; the carriage is at the door. God bless you, Mr. 
Forbes ! Do not forget your Hose ! " 

" Never ! " exclaimed he, " My only hope is, to pos 
sess your affection." 



Paul accompanied them to the packet. Lord and Lady 
Coif ax were lavish in their expressions of regard, and 
earnestly invited Paul to visit them, and to write fre 
quently. Poor Rose kept her veil down, to conceal her 

The last bell rang, the last adieus were made, and Paul 
stood ruefully upon the wharf, waving his handkerchief 
as the steamer bore his first young love away, perhaps 




jjHEN the frigate next weighed anchor, it was for 
Civita Vecchia, the seaport of the Pontifical 
States. There a party, composed of Lieutenants 
Pembrook and Norris, Dr. Gladstane, Passed Midship 
man Randal, and Midshipmen Clifford and Forbes, was 
made up for the Eternal City ; and when the first relay 
returned, these gentlemen engaged the diligence for their 
own visit. All the wonders of Rome, ancient, mediaeval, 
and modern, were visited in turn. The officers inspected 
St. Peter's, roamed through the picture galleries, climbed 
the Capitoline Hill, explored the Ghetto, and sat in judg 
ment on the Coliseum. They even visited the Vatican 
and " interviewed " the Pope. 

There was a grand ball promised at the opera house, 
and thither our Americans determined to go. Little did 
they dream of the happy surprise that was in store for 
them. They dressed with great care in their uniforms, 
and participated freely in the festivities of the night. 
Pembrook alone was moody and dissatisfied. He wan 
dered through the gay throng without a smile, and dis 
couraged every attempt of his comrades to draw him into 
the dance. Late in the night he stood at the top of the 


grand stairway, leaning against a column and gazing idly 
on the passers. Suddenly a vision came over him. lie 
imagined that he saw in the midst of the throng a loved 
and well-remembered form. Of course, it was a phan 
tom of his brain, and he heaved a sigh and closed his 
eyes in pain. But when he opened them again, there 
was the same beautiful figure, and it leaned on the arm 
of a dark and handsome old man, and that old man was 
Don Figareo. Great God ! could he be awake ? Was 
this indeed lenze alive ? And was the promise given in 
the storm about to be realized ? As these thoughts flew 
madly through his brain, the lady turned towards him. 
His eyes met hers. She gave a loud shriek, and in an 
instant was fainting in his arms. 

There was a rush of the curious crowd, and a wild 
huzza from a handful of officers in the American naval 
uniform, who had witnessed the scene ; but Pembrook 
bore his lovely burden hastily to the door, and, led by the 
excited don, placed her in a carriage. Together the three 
rode rapidly to the don's apartments. 

We pass over the tender reunion. 

" The gates were passed, and Heaven was won." 

After the agitation consequent upon this wonderful 
meeting had somewhat subsided, lenze told her story. 

" While we were promenading the garden on that fatal 
n?ght," said she, " I was startled and paralyzed by the 
apparition of a countenance distorted with jealousy. Ere 
I could utter an exclamation, his sword glittered at your 
heart, and my breast became its shield. The second stab 
would no doubt have proved fatal to you but for its de- 

178 'KAtTTTLtTS.' \ 

flection by your pistol-shot. As yon know, I fainted, and 
for days I was unconscious. My recovery was accompa 
nied with intense pain. For many days I lay hovering 
between life and death. But my love for you conquered 
all, and I gradually grew stronger. I either dreamed, or 
heard, that your wound had not proved fatal, and this 
knowledge let the sunshine into my soul. Exerting 
strength sufficient to cross my hands in prayer, I thanked 
our heavenly Father for that mercy, and pleaded that our 
affection might result in a happy reunion in His own 
good time. At length the doctors were dismissed, and, 
assisted by my devoted father, the veranda became my 
daily resting-place and the sea my constant watch, while 
hoping, praying, for the white-winged carrier that was 
bringing you back to me. 

" "We wrote letters to the United States, but, alas ! in 
vain ; no answer came. Still, as I appreciated the un 
certainty of postal communication between Cuba and 
America, I did not lose hope. I never doubted that, if 
you were in the land of the living, you would come, or 
write. Time passed on, until despair settled on my heart, 
and I fancied you were dead. Deserted by hope, my 
health rapidly declined. Our physicians insisted that my 
father should promptly take me to a mild European cli 
mate ; hence our visit to Italy. For many months we 
traversed this interesting country. Physically, my health 
improved ; but ah ! my beloved, your presence was want 
ing to complete the cure. 

" A lingering hope sustained me. My father promised 
to extend our travels to America, and there learn per 
sonally of your fate. I had dreaded leaving Zebara, 
thinking that, on your recovery, you might visit Cuba ; 


but as my importunate physicians urged my departure, I 
left letters with them for you. The bell, whose tolling 
you say so sadly impressed the officers as the schooner 
sailed, sent forth its solemn notes for the mass of him 
who caused us all the anguish we have endured. Strange 
to tell, when the wretched llenrico, in his madness, de 
termined on his murderous deed, a presentiment of 
impending death came over him, but deterred him not. 
Some latent impulse prompted the strange idea of pay 
ing for masses, under the contract that they should be 
made in the event of his sudden death. His private 
papers exhibited mental derangement. In our happiness, 
my Pembrook, let us exercise the tenderest charity, and 
forgive as we hope to be forgiven." 

When Pembrook related his marvellous escape during 
the tornado, lenze trembled, and clung to him nervously ; 
but when he told her how he fainted, and fancied that 
she appeared to him and imprinted a kiss upon his 
parched lips, whispering to him to meet her in Borne, she 
excitedly exclaimed : 

" Tell me the date of this occurrence ! " 

" The nineteenth of July last year." 

" Merciful Providence, how wonderful ! On that very 
night, in Lucca, I was ill and feverish from my wearing 
griefs. My sleep was restless, and in my dreaming you 
appeared as if just emerging from the sea. You mur 
mured words of love and fidelity, and conjured me to be 
true to you ; and I imagined I asked you to meet me in 
Rome. I awoke. Your kiss still lingered on my lips. 
I wept bitterly on realizing that it was all a dream. 
Nevertheless, the influence it exercised upon me was 
potent. I urged our speedy return to Rome. Sickness 


detained us for some time in Florence, but the moment I 
was able to travel we hastened here. 

" For several months we have sojourned in this city. 
To me there was one consolation : that here, nightly, 1 
could dream of you. Mingling but little in society, the 
advent of American officers was unknown to us. By 
mere accident we heard of the coronation-ball. A 
strange desire to attend took possession of me. This 
was much to my father's surprise, for he had endeavored 
in vain to draw me into society, hoping thus to distract 
my mind from its sorrows. 

" While preparing for the ball, I was nervously im 
pressed with the idea that some event would occur of 
great interest to me. How wonderfully were these pre 
monitions realized ! " 

Pembrook feared that the surprise and excitement of 
this reunion might injure the health of his betrothed if 
this interview was prolonged ; so, with a lingering em 
brace, he tore himself away, promising to return on the 

The hearty congratulations of his friends were pecu 
liarly gratifying to Pembrook. They were, from strong 
personal regard, deeply interested in him, and this culmi 
nation of the well-known romantic history of his Zebara 
love brought out a flow of kindly sentiment. They were 
too excited to sleep, and they chattered away about the 
events of the night, until Randal opened the blinds, and 
exclaimed : 

" Behold Aurora ushering in the day ! All ye mari 
ners who would slumber with Murphy had better tumble 
in at once, or the chambermaid will be at our doors to 
make up the beds." 



The suggestion was accepted, and all retired except 
Pembrook and Norris, who indulged still longer in confi 
dential intercourse, until it was time for the former to 
prepare for joining lenze at the promised breakfast. 





EFOKE the appointed hour, Pembrook, with a 
lover's impatience, met his beautiful lenze. She 
received him affectionately, and returned his 
fond embrace. 

The breakfast received but little attention from any 
save the kind old don, who appeared to be sailing on a 
sea of happiness. 

" My child," said he to lenze, " I really fear for the 
health of you lovers, if you go without food. So, the 
sooner the wedding-day is arranged, the quicker will 
come a natural appetite. What say you both to this sage 
proposition ? " 

" I think, dear father," answered lenze, " that you are 
always reasonable. This important subject has this morn 
ing been discussed, and mutually we have decided that 
the miserable probation to which we have been subjected 
warrants a speedy marriage." 

" With your approval, sir," continued Pembrook, " and 
the consent of lenze, I desire that the consummation of 
our engagement shall be fixed at two weeks from to-mor 
row. You are aware that my ship is by this time on her 


way to Naples. I must at once rejoin her, and obtain a 
leave of absence." 

" But, sir," quickly responded the don, " in Zebara I 
gave consent to your union with my daughter with the 
distinct understanding that you should end your naval 
career. I do not intend lenze shall be playing jSTiobe, 
while you are far away at sea tramping the quarter-deck ! 
I honestly think that a sailor is wrong to marry and cling 
to his roving profession. Both parties are rendered mis 
erable by separation. Every gale that blows excites ter 
ror in the lone wife's bosom ; while the absent husband 
suffers no less by constantly dwelling' on life's mutations, 
and the fearful uncertainty as to what every letter may 

" lenze in her own right possesses an independent for 
tune. When she is married, my guardianship ceases ; 
and her new protector must not only govern her (if he 
can), but manage her property. In order to accomplish 
both duties, you must give up the navy. I am aware of 
the sacrifice ; but, to wed my daughter, you must resign, 
sir. Such is my tyrannical ultimatum" 

" Thanks, dear father," joined in the laughing lenze, 
" for this exercise of tyranny ! "We will submit to your 
august decree, and, like good children, never rebel. Am 
I right, Pembrook ? " 

" Well, lenze, I suppose I must bow to the wishes of 
the majority ; so, let us at present table the question. 
Tell me, what length of time will be required for the 
preparation of your trousseau ? " 

" A very few days say five. Rome is equal to Paris 
in such emergencies ; and my zeal can accomplish won 
ders. With unlimited assistance, easily procured, I am 

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safe in saying ten days will find me in Xaples, fully 
equipped, and ready to become the happiest of women. 
Does this content you ? " 

" Perfectly I And thank you, dear lenze ; though I 
only fear you will be too much hurried and perplexed." 

A servant announced Lieutenant Norris and his com 

Repairing to the drawing-room, lenze received her lov 
er's friends with sisterly warmth, and the other gentlemen 
with charming courtesy. 

" Oh, senorita," said the agitated Norris, " this is the 
happiest moment of my life I Heaven grant a happy 
future to you and my old friend 1 " 

" Receive a sister's thanks, Mr. Norris, for your devo 
tion to Mr. Pembrook. I shall never cease to be grateful 
to you for standing by him so nobly in his affliction." 

The sojourn in Rome continued but a few days longer, 
and the day appointed for returning to the frigate arrived. 
Pembrook bade his beloved lenze adieu. He cheered her 
with the soothing consolation that a few days only of sep 
aration could occur. 

The diligence which bore our Americans from Rome 
was a lumbering antediluvian affair, well cushioned, and 
comfortable. On the present occasion the seven naval 
officers, with one stranger, were its occupants ; and right 
merrily the journey began. 

The stranger was a fine-looking man of about forty. 
His piercing black eyes and unmistakable nose required 
no rabbi to vouch for his lineage. He spoke English like 
a Londoner, and seemed conversant with various lan 
guages, as he evidently was with the world. In less than 
an hour his standing with the officers became most 


friendly. An easiness in conversation and a fund of 
humor, together with his extensive information, rendered 
this " wandering Jew " a very attractive stage companion. 

" Gentlemen," said the stranger, " about sunset we will 
enter upon the Pontine Marshes, whose malaria is delete 
rious, and often destructive to life, if inhaled while sleep 
ing. My advice, based upon the experience of some 
twenty trips between Kaples and Rome, is, that we take 
advantage of the purity of the present atmosphere for a 
siesta, so that we will be able to refrain from slumber 
when the dangerous miasma shall surround us." 

This suggestion was agreed to ; and for some time the 
diligence was given up to nasal trumpeting. 

" Hallo ! " at length exclaimed the cosmopolite child of 
Israel, " here are the marshes. Arouse you, gentlemen ; 
the time for sleep has passed ! " 

The sun had not yet touched the horizon, and the 
marshes, like a Western prairie under a Spring deluge, 
spread around as far as the eye could reach. The road 
had been ditched on either side, and elevated, at great 
expense, by .several popes, to render these marshes pass 

From a large carpet-bag the stranger extracted a bottle, 
and, after drawing the stopper, passed it to Lieutenant 
Pernbrook, saying : 

" Come, sir, let me prescribe. This is a fine toddy, 
made of pure French brandy ; and no one should pass 
through these noxious vapors without a stimulant. Help 
yourself, and pass the mixture." 

Randal, with a like celerity, had produced a bottle 
prepared for the same medicinal purpose by his landlord, 
before leaving Rome. 


The bottles were kept moving, and the growing merri 
ment drove away all inclination for sleep. 

Randal, with his usual modest assurance, launched 
forth in jest and story. He was soon, however, eclipsed 
by the voluble traveller, who was familiar with all parts 
of the globe, even to the Pacific Islands. 

" By the by," inquired Randal, " in your many visits to 
Rome were you ever troubled by the brigands ? " 

" Yes, thrice. On the first occasion, a moderate ran 
som instantly released us ; on the last occasion, a lucky 
ruse freed the passengers from bondage." 

" And what was that ? " asked the gentlemen. 

" I will briefly relate the circumstances," replied the 
stranger. "The diligence contained nine passengers, 
among them a singular old gentleman of chemical re 
pute. When near Terracina, the horses were stopped ; 
pistols were thrust in at the windows, and we were sternly 
ordered to vacate the vehicle. Of course, the suddenness 
of the assault permitted no defence, even had we been in 
clined to make one ; which, against the ten heavily-armed 
desperadoes, would have been absurd. The whole party 
were despoiled of what money and jewels they had, and 
some also of their garments. 

" The robbers, not content with this booty, decided to 
convey us to their rendezvous, when measures would be 
taken to obtain further ransom ere we were granted lib 
erty. At this moment the old chemist anxiously inquired 
if any one had seen his carpet-bag. * Not,' said he, ' that 
it is of value, but I have some excellent French brandy 
in it, and a little at this unhappy moment, as a slight 
tonic, is desirable.' 

" The mention of French brandy attracted the imme- 

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diate attention of the brigands. The bag was soon found 
under the diligence, secretly cast there by the old man. 
With intense delight the rascals gathered around the 
large flask ; and as the chemist pleaded for a small dr nk 
of his own liquor, they jeered him, and continued their 
own indulgence with such avidity that the bottle was 
speedily exhausted. 

" Watching the old gentleman as he pleaded, I ob 
served a funny twinkle in his eye. 

" We were ordered to reenter the diligence, and the 
driver was commanded to turn into a cross-road and pro 
ceed ; but scarcely fifty yards were passed, when a roar 
of triumph from the chemist called our attention to the 
brigands, who had fallen from their horses, not dead, but 
in sleep most profound. We recovered our property, 
despoiled them of their arms, and hastened on to Terra- 
cina, fearing that more of their band might appear. 

" The chemist informed us that, hearing of constant 
depredations on the highway, unchecked by the Govern 
ment, he conceived the idea of preparing a powerful nar 
cotic in brandy, pleasantly disguised. lie knew, from 
accounts of the personal habits of robbers, that they 
would easily fall into the snare. I have copied the ruse, 
and have never travelled unless thus provided." 

" I trust," said Pembrook, " we shall meet with no such 
adventures as you have described. We are not armed, 
nor did the thought of brigands enter our minds. Are 
the roads still subject to these gentry ? " 

" In spite of Pontifical efforts and the employment of 
a large gendarme force, the Knights of the Pontine are 
occasionally heard from. Just ere leaving, I was in 
formed of the escape of the notorious brigand, Garcia 


Almagro. For eight years he was the terror of every 
highway leading to Rome, and even the Eternal City 
itself frequently became the theatre of~his daring adven 
tures. A grand scheme to kidnap a party of English 
noblemen, who intended to make a Byronic night-visit to 
the Coliseum, was betrayed, the robber caught, and for 
five years he languished in a dungeon. His escape four 
months ago was quite a marvel. As yet, he has been 
heard of only in the vicinity of Naples." 

Morning came, and Terracina one to herald in a glo 
rious day, the other to exhibit the frontier police, as our 
travellers were now entering the territory of the king of 

The first station after leaving Terracina, diverging 
slightly from the main road, was the breakfast-house for 
man and beast. On arriving, the gentlemen were ushered 
into a dingy apartment, where a sorry breakfast was pre 
pared. As this meal was included in the price of pas 
sage, nothing remarkable as to luxury was expected. 
They were informed, however, that good wine and better 
fare were at hand for compensation. Some wine was 
ordered, which proved by no means indifferent ; and 
while they were merrily enjoying a second bottle, the 
clattering of horses' feet broke upon their ears. In the 
house a great commotion arose, and the landlord entered 
hastily, and exclaimed, in a trembling voice : 

" Garcia Almagro ! Blessed Virgin, protect us ! He'll 
kill us all ! " 

The gentlemen were thunderstruck ; still, they main 
tained their composure, like brave men as they were. 
Defence there was none ; firmness and patience alone 
were left. 


It was observed that their stranger-companion had sud 
denly disappeared. The Americans, with the frightened 
landlord, alone occupied the apartment. 

The door opened, and a dozen fierce-looking fellows 
entered ; the first, a tall, gayly-dressed person, evidently 
the chief of the band. Raising his velvet cap with 
mock courtesy, he said, in good Anglo-Saxon : 

" Sirs, Englishmen, I salute you 1 A happy meeting 
for me, at least. Entertain no fear for your lives ; your 
purses only shall bleed." 

" "We are not English, but Americans," answered Pern- 
brook, in a calm voice. " Knowing the hands we have 
fallen into, and unarmed and defenceless as we are, we 
can only request that your proceedings be prompt, and 
freedom granted to us as soon as possible." 

" Well spoken, my good Americans for, with me, all 
Americans are good. I like them and their democratic 
country that, too, from actual sojourn. But personal 
likes must give way to business ; and I desire that you 
begin specie and jewelry payment without delay. Land 
lord you cowardly old skinflint ! produce some wine ; 
and, mark you, the best, with something to sustain my 
half-famished comrades ! " 

The despoiling of the party occupied but a few mo 
ments. It was performed with absurd politeness ; while 
the garrulous chief expressed his regrets that hard neces 
sity forced him to an apparent act of rudeness to Ameri 

When the refreshments were placed upon the table, 
Garcia Almagro ordered all his band, consisting of twen 
ty, to enter ; placing one, however, on guard at the court- 


yard gate. Assuming the head of the table, he requested 
the officers to be seated. 

" So," said he, " your journey will necessarily be de 
flected to my distant abode, where the painful duty of 
deciding upon a respectable but remunerative ransom for 
my American friends will be duly attended to. Come, 
fill up, gentlemen ! " 

Pembrook declined, on the plea that all had indulged 
quite freely ere the arrival of such unexpected " 

" Robbers," chimed in the captain, with a merry laugh, 
as he quaffed his wine. " Well, if you will not drink, 
help yourself to the eatables. The ride will be long ; but 
when we do arrive at my palace, you shall feast like lords, 
as my scout informed me you were. America is a great 
country. I love it. From Boston to New Orleans I have 
wandered, not as a bandit chief, but a youth ambitious of 
fame. But my aspirations were so high, that it became 
necessary for me to return to my native soil and there 
develop my genius." 

The emphatic refusal on the part of Pembrook to par 
take of wine served as a warning to the rest of his party. 
They remembered the stranger's story, and entertained a 
belief that his absence presaged some means of escape. 
Moreover, it was observed by them that the bottles were 
placed upon the table uncorked. Suspense was not of 
long duration. The wine excited boisterous revelry. 
Song after song was sung. Finally, the brigand chief 
attempted an English melody. His voice, recently so 
blatant, faltered, and gradually dwindled into the maud 
lin tone accompanying the last stages of inebriation. His 
band seemed to be subject to a similar influence. At 


last, one by one, they slid from their chairs and curled up 
on the floor. 

" Ila ! ha ! ha ! " laughed the stranger, as he entered 
the room ; " guard, captain, and band, all prisoners to the 
great chemist ! Now, gentlemen, repossess yourselves of 
your property, and we will hasten back to Terracina, that 
the slumbering authorities may awake to duty, and justice 
claim her rights." 

The finest horses were appropriated by the gentlemen, 
and, under guidance of their remarkable companion, Ter 
racina was soon reached. 

"When the commandant of the gendarmes received in 
formation that, secretly and promptly acted upon, would 
have insured his promotion, Italian-like, he could not 
keep his own counsel, but must gabble and procrastinate. 
However, the bandits were captured, with the exception 
of the renowned Garcia Almagro, who escaped, as they 
afterwards learned, through the promptness and energy 
of a young girl living in Terracina. 

Annetta, the sweetheart of Garcia Almagro, overhear 
ing, through the chattering of the officials, of the ban 
dit's danger, obtained a horse, and, while the soldiers were 
preparing slowly to move, she arrived at the post-house, and 
found all the robbers prostrate in helpless lethargy. Vainly 
she strove to arouse her lover. Despair gave her strength. 
Dragging him to the door, by main strength she succeed 
ed in placing him over the horse, and thus conveyed him 
in safety to his hiding-place. The report -goes, that, on 
recovering, and learning how and by whom he had been 
so gallantly rescued, gratitude induced Garcia to repair 
the injury of the past, and make Annetta his wife. 

The diligence driver was eventually found in Terracina, 


nearly dead from fright. He was forced to resume his 
duty, and the journey continued. Crossing the Garigliano 
on a fine suspension bridge, they passed through the 
walled town of Capua Hannibal's unfortunate halting- 
place when Rome was in his grasp. 

Over gentle hills and through fertile valleys the dili-*. 
gence passed slowly, until, at length, Vesuvius rose in the 
distance against the sky, throwing up from its now peace 
ful crater wreaths of smoke, which floated away towards 
the west Before the weary travellers spread the magnifi 
cent bay of Naples. On reaching the city, they learned 
of the frigate's arrival. 

" So, gentlemen," said Pembrook, " our pleasant trav 
elling association ends in Naples. With me it will ever 
be an epoch in my life, made so, in a great degree, by 
your courtesy and kindness. Let us go on board at once 
and report our return." 

This was done ; but as Pembrook passed over the gang 
way, he was startled by a familiar voice and language, 
that recalled other days and scenes : 

" There, you confounded skin-smuggling, grog-swilling, 
law-breaking, half-baked rascals ! I hope this punishment 
will not be forgotten before the first dog-watch ! My 
duty is performed, recte et suaviter, as the learned have it. 
Loblolly-boy, restore the sovereign panacea to the dispen 
sary. And you, you beggars, return to your duties ! 
Hallo ! What ! Charlie Pembrook ? I am charmed to see 
you in proprid persond, as the learned have it." 

" Not more pleased than I to meet you, Walford, on 
board of this frigate. But how came you here, and on 
duty ? " 

"Imprimis, I came in a storeship from New York; 


secundus, the promotion of your late executive to the 
schoouer Gallatin installed me in his position." 

Observing a disposition on Lieutenant Walford's part 
to continue the interview, Pembrook lingered. 

" Charlie, upon my soul, you look uncommonly well, 
and as cheerful as in the days of yore ! " 

" When you are acquainted with my claims to happi 
ness, you will not be astonished at this cheerfulness." 

" What ! old fellow, you do not mean to insinuate that 
you have animus furandi, as the learned have it been 
indulging in love-making ? " 

" Indeed I do, and that most successfully ! " 

" Credo quiet, im/possibile est, as the learned have it? 
You absolutely astound me ! Little did I fancy the sad 
scenes of Zebara would so soon fade from your memory. 
But the human heart is a queer arrangement. Say, is 
Jnot this cool assertion of yours to be taken cum grano 
salis, as the learned have it \ " 

" No, my friend, no. lenze did not die. She lives 
jis now in Rome in four days will be here, and then 
we will be married." 

Lieutenant Walford raised first one foot and then the 
other, as if treading on hot bars, put on a look of amaze 
ment, and then, with a long, shrill whistle, grasped both 
of Pembrook's hands. 

"Mirabile dictu, as the learned have it. This is mys 
tery unveiled, indeed ! Your lady-love was, in my esti 
mation, the ne plus ultra of her sex. Heartily do I con 
gratulate you most heartily ! But we must adjourn ; 
the quarter-deck is not the place for confidential conver 

As soon as the officer whose proper watch it was ap- 


peared, "VValford and Pembrook repaired to the ward 
room. There, the meeting in Rome and adventures on 
the road had, through Nbrris, become known ; conse 
quently Pembrook was the recipient of warm congratu 

The paymaster, a veteran of the service, remarked : 

" Mr. Pembrook, you are the hero of modern romance. 
If this was the age of troubadours, your adventures 
would be sung in every court in Christendom. We must 
appoint a poet-laureate, that you may live in verse." 

" Spare me," replied Pembrook ; " I have no such 

Passing on to the executive officer's state-room, Pem 
brook found Morris seated, and the first lieutenant un 
corking a bottle of Madeira. This operation scientifically 
accomplished, Walford filled the glasses, nodded know 
ingly, and observed : 

" Ilere goes to your good fortune, my lads ! And this 
example you can follow at will exempli gratia, as the 
learned have it." 

The friends were not backward in following the lead 
of their executive, who smacked his lips and braced him 
self against the bunk as he prepared for a long yarn. 

" Norris knows that once upon a time I became dread 
fully spooney pretty much in Charlie's style. My love 
was a young lady who, of course, was beautiful, and all 
that sort of thing. I wooed her as a lion woos his bride 
that is, by roaring my love-ditties into her willing ears. 
She struck her colors, and we signed the shipping articles. 
But paucity of means rendered it necessary for me to 
take a Horn cruise, ere sufficient dimes could be raised 

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for the tying of the nuptial knot. I left her, vowing 
more articles of faith than there are articles of war. 

" Unlike your spooney individuals, sentimentality had 
never been a weakness of mine ; but this beauty knocked 
spots out of my lignum vitse heart, and I became as leaky 
on the subject of poetry as any school-girl who had sur 
reptitiously indulged in Byron and Moore. Truly do I 
acknowledge that the versifications were rather on the 
Dibdin order ; but to my crude fancy they were sublime. 
Devil a bit recked I about genus irritabile vatum, as the 
learned have it. I was content, and cared not a picayune 
for their criticism. 

" While weathering the blustering Horn and its ice 
bergs, the usual tornadoes swept over the frigate, making 
every one anxious and uncomfortable. To me they were 
glorious ; for out of the eccentricities of the storm-king 
I obtained poetical tropes for my daily love-letters. After 
a dusty passage, we arrived in Callao. The United States 
mail was brought on board. No letters from my lady 
love gladdened my heart, but a bomb-shell burst that 
almost shattered it. A newspaper was handed me con 
taining an announcement of the marriage of Miss Maria 
Chubb to the Rev. Thomas Shadd. The name and place 
were identical. It could be no other Maria than my false 
one. Indignation triumphed. Away went poetry to the 
flames. All parsons I consigned to Hades ; and I am 
afraid, while the storm lasted, I made a jackass of myself. 

" In a short time a vacancy occurred on board our 
Bloop-of-war. Much to my annoyance, as she was home 
ward-bound, I was ordered to fill it. We reached Nor 
folk. Without accepting leave, I applied for another 
berth, and was ordered to the schooner Gallatin, became 


her first lieutenant, and had the pleasure of meeting you, 
gentlemen. When the cruise abruptly ended, all hands, 
as you know, started for home. 

" In my native village I was received rather coldly. 
Knowing no reason for such discourtesy, and sustained by 
my pride, I assumed a defiant manner, determined nil 
admirari, as the learned have it, and pursued the even 
tenor of my way. Thus passed some quiet weeks at 
home, during which time, by some strange mystery, 
Maria's name was never mentioned. 

"At length a picnic one of those wretched country 
bores was projected and culminated. My sister, a quiet, 
peaceable somebody, who never questioned me beyond 
the soup and roast, asked my escort for this abomination. 
Loving her dearly, a refusal was out of the question ; 
though, in reality, I would rather have encountered a 
cyclone. The day for the picnic arrived ; and, escorting 
my sister and her gothic basket, I deposited both in a 
pretty grove echoing with the torture of catgut and the 
shuffling of dancers. 

" As usual, eating and dancing were the order of the 
day. Failing to harmonize, I strolled away to enjoy the 
soothing perfume of my Havana. A friendly oak tree 
offered shade and comfort ; profound reverie absorbed 
my mind, until at length I was roused to a sense of real 
ity by voices not unfamiliar. 

" ' No, Clara, I have not met him. Studiously has he 
avoided me. This incomprehensible conduct pains and 
distresses me, as no plausible reason for his singular 
course enters my mind. It is now nearly three years 
since we exchanged our troth vows my heart still clings 
to in spite of cruel neglect.' 


" ' Maria, my dear,' responded her companion, { Edward 
Walford lias from boyhood maintained an excellent repu 
tation. To me it seems incompatible with his early train 
ing that he should act as he does, without having some 
good reason ; though this reason may be unknown to you.' 

" The conversation necessarily aroused my attention. 
As I felt it was improper to listen, I coughed loudly, and 
indulged in various absurdities, in place of immediately 
fleeing from the spot. 

" ' My dear,' said the first who had spoken, ' were he to 
come forward now and explain satisfactorily his long 
silence and neglect, could you forgive the past and love 
him still ? ' 

" ' Ah, would that it might be ! But too fondly do I 
love him, and dream of his past devotion ! ' 

" ' Love me ! ' was my mental ejaculation. ' How in 
the mischief can she, as a parson's honest wife, do such a 
thing ? ' The light-house of Hope rose upon my horizon. 
Instantly I thought; What if the newspaper has lied ? 
The old love grappled and hurled me from my balance. 
With the impetuosity of a reprieved criminal I bolted 
from my covering, holding in my hand the newspaper 
that had never been out of my possession. 

" ' Here I am, Maria. Head that, and tell me if the 
rascally editor had your authority for such an announce 
ment ? ' 

" Though much startled and alarmed by my unexpect 
ed advent, she still retained sufficient self-control to read 
the paragraph, which resulted in an hysterical laugh, and 
exclamation : 

" ' That is the announcement of my cousin's marriage 
with the Eev. Mr. Shadd ! ' 



" She was going to be a little offish ; but now the reck 
oning was clear, and a good land-fall made. I pitched 
in related the non-receipt of letters, my constant devo 
tion, and so on, uttered at the rate of eleven knots on a 

" ' But,' she exclaimed, through an April shower of 
tears ' (by Jove, I was quick to perceive they were not 
unhappy ones !) * I did write constantly, and never 
received a single line ! ' 

" ' By all the courts of Cupid, then, the postmasters 
are doomed to be hung ! ' In short, boys, we cyphered 
up the entire matter, making a splendid balance-sheet, 
resulting in a jolly day and speedy marriage. So now, 
boys, having gone in for better or for worse, for richer or 
for poorer (much of the latter, I opine), non sum quails 
eram, as the learned have it, I am anxiously waiting to 
hear from home ; for, between you, me, and the mizzen- 
mast, in rerum naturd, the population of the town of 
Homer must by this time have been increased by the 
addition of another Walford." 

The friends congratulated the lieutenant, and drank to 
the health of his good lady and the anticipated heir. 

" By the by," said Pembrook, " I must report to the 
commodore, and state my intention of resigning in four 
days from this." 

" Resigning ! " cried Lieutenant "Walford. " What an 
absurdity ! You quit the navy ! It would be an out 
rage ! And yet, I suppose your duties in the sugar busi 
ness will take all your time. Lucky dog ! Pretty wife, 
plenty of the needful utile et dulci, as the learned 
have it." 

Pembrook repaired to the cabin, where his tale was 


soon told. The commodore listened attentively. The 
story had reached his ears before, but not its culmination. 
He became much interested, and replied by informing 
Pembrook that he had not the power to accept his resig 
nation, but would forward it to the Navy Department ; 
in the meanwhile granting him leave, with permission to 
report in person to the Secretary of the Navy. 

Lieutenant Pembrook stated his desire to be married 
by the chaplain of the ship. 

" Of course, sir," replied the commodore, " and on 
board of her, too, if you like. Some diplomatic duty 
requires the presence of the squadron, and, during our 
stay, anything that can be done on board to facilitate 
your marriage and add to your felicity shall be cheerfully 
attended to." 

Shaking Pembrook kindly by the hand, the interview 
with the bluff old gentleman ended. 







jS Senorita Jenze was a Roman Catholic, it was 
necessary to obtain a dispensation from the pope 
permitting her marriage with a Protestant. This 
was attended to by the don before leaving Rome. The 
sefiorita herself, out of respect to her lover's religious 
faith, had proposed a second ceremony, which was to be 
performed by the chaplain of the frigate. 

On the fifth day after his arrival, Lieutenant Pembrook 
called with his friend, Mr. Norris, upon the don and his 
lovely daughter, who had just alighted from the diligence 
at the Hotel des Etraugers. 

lenze informed her lover that her father had secured 
the pope's dispensation, and that two of her former school- 
friends, the Misses Thorburn, daughters of Colonel Thor- 
burn, of Paterson, New Jersey, whom she had chanced 
to meet in Rome, had gladly consented to serve upon the 
hymeneal staff on the coming occasion. The result of the 
conference was a determination on the part of the two 
most interested to be married in the cathedral, about five 
o'clock in the afternoon, and then to go on board the 


frigate for the Protestant ceremony, and the grand ball 
which was to follow in their honor. 

On the morrow the Misses Thorburn arrived, ready and 
eager for their friendly duties to begin. The diplomatic 
corps, all the American tourists in Naples, and social cir 
cles generally, were wild with excitement over the com 
ing grand events. 

The long-looked-for day at length arrived, and at the 
appointed hour the venerable cathedral of Santa Maria 
del Carmine was thronged with the friends of the young 
couple. Among them, and prominent in their uniforms, 
were all the officers of the squadron who could be spared 
from their vessels. 

A few moments before five o'clock, amid the deep 
swell of the organ, whose peals rolled through the dim 
aisles and arches of the old church, the bridal procession 
entered. First came Paiil Forbes, in full naval uniform, 
escorting the lovely daughter of the Spanish admiral, fol 
lowed by Midshipman Clifford and the younger Miss 
Thorburn. The elder sister was accompanied by Lieu 
tenant Norris, and preceded the bride and groom. 

As the latter made their way through the grand aisle 
to the altar, a murmur of admiration arose from the mul 
titude. Lieutenant Pembrook, attired in full uniform, 
commanded general admiration for his manly, intelligent 
bearing and handsome face and figure ; but the- greater 
interest centred upon the lovely girl at his side. She 
was dressed in white, and looked as pure and spotless as 
a snowflake, though saved from its coldness by the rosy 
blushes which were dimly visible under the deep lace 
veil. The simplicity of the white robes and the crown 
ing wreath of orange-blossoms was relieved by a spark- 


ling necklace of diamonds and pearls, formed in a true- 
lover's knot, and worn as if in delicate recognition of the 
nautical character of the occasion. 

The venerable archbishop read the papal dispensation, 
and proceeded with the impressive marriage-service of 
the Roman Catholic Church, ending with an earnest bless 
ing on the wedded pair. His solemn closing " Amen " 
was almost drowned in the triumphant burst of the choir 
and organ. Then came the congratulations from friends, 
and from the strangers who had been attracted to the 
cathedral by the universal interest excited in Neapolitan 
society by this romantic marriage. 

At the mole, the commodore's barge, decorated in a 
manner befitting the occasion, awaited the bridal party ; 
while numerous other boats from the squadron, and gon 
dolas from the port, were in readiness to accommodate 
the many guests invited to the naval part of the ceremo 

When Lieutenant Pembrook handed his blushing bride 
into the barge, the oarsmen rose and waved their tarpau 
lin hats in respectful salute. On resuming their seats, it 
was seen that a wreath of orange-blossoms had been 
twined around the broad ribbon-band, in delicate compli 
ment to the occasion. 

Pembrook smiled at seeing this, and informed the cox 
swain that he and his bride both appreciated this little 
demonstration from his fellow-sailors. 

" Lord love you, sir," replied the bronzed and weather- 
beaten seaman, " this ain't a patch to what we's done on 
board ship 1 We's had them maccarouies a-bringing all 
the Naples gardens off, to do honor to your pretty lady, 
who bless her heart ! wouldn't die, but lived on to 


many a man who's a gentleman and a sailor, which we 
all respects. If we don't, d n me ! begging your par 

The procession of boats was long and picturesque as it 
wound its way among the shipping, each boat trailing 
along its gaudy-colored ensign, and crowded with gayly 
dressed people. Just as the party neared the frigate, as 
if circumstances had conspired to do them honor, the 
United States sloop-of-war Leopard arrived in port, and 
fired a salute to the commodore, which was answered by 
a roar of heavy guns from the flag-ship. 

A few strong tugs at the oars, and the boats dashed up 
to the frigate's side and were busy discharging their pre 
cious freight. The guests crowded to the quarter-deck, 
and were soon deep in the mysteries of nautical decora 
tive art, and lost in admiration of the beautiful and novel 

From stem to stern of the vessel snow-white awnings 
were stretched, the side-walls of canvas being tastefully 
relieved and decorated down to the hammock nettings 
with red and white bunting in graceful festoons. The 
whole was interspersed with bunchea and wreaths of arti 
ficial flowers. In the centre of the deck were a number 
of chandeliers, ingeniously contrived of inverted bayo 
nets, and draped with colored bunting. In the decora 
tions no sombre colors were used, but only such bright 
flags and tints as would give an air of lightness and grace 
to the whole. Even the battery of heavy guns was made 
to assume a festive garb. 

Over the booms, or space between the fore and main 
mast, where the launch and other boats were usually 
nested, small trees were placed resembling a grove, inter- 


spersed with flowers and moss, and forming graceful 
arbors. Stuffed birds of gaudy plumage were resting on 
the branches ; and, to render the miniature forest-scene 
more natural, several of the crew imitated the mocking 
bird, and other warblers of the woods, to perfection. 

The mainmast fife-rail, up to half the distance from 
the canvas ceiling, representel, in colored bunting fes 
tooned with artificial flowers, an immense tulip, which 
contained the dancing-music selected for the occasion. 
The rest of the band occupied a platform just abaft the 
foremast. From the fore-hatch an amphitheatre of 
benches extended over the knight-heads ; and here the 
crew, in neat attire, were to enjoy as spectators the bril 
liant assemblage abaft. The first row of benches con 
tained the marine guard, in full uniform ; and in front 
of them stood a stack of arms, the drum, a miniature 
American flag, and two boat-howitzers on either side, 
mounted on their field-carriages. The decks were taste 
fully chalked, and around the stern were arranged otto 
mans and lounges, with tete-a-tete tables for the accom 
modation of the elderly guests and the " wall-flowers." 

"When the bridal party arrived, the sun, though ready 
to depart, lingered, as if anxious to cast its approving 
beams once more upon the scene. At that lovely hour 
when Nature was gradually softening into repose, the 
church-bells tolled to prayers. The officers and crew 
gathered aft. 

On the starboard-side of the quarter-deck, which was 
temporarily shorn of its frowning battery, and near to the 
chaplain's side, was placed a small table covered with 
black velvet and vases of delicate flowers. On the port- 
side, the marine guard, without arms, were in line ; and 


behind them the crew of the ship, each man wearing a 
knot of white flowers on the left breast. The ofiicers 
and guests congregated on the other side of the deck, 
near where the chaplain stood in his sacerdotal robes. 

The band performed the wedding-march, and from 
the cabin came forth the bride and groom, who, though 
already man and wife, were about to be married for the 
second time. The music ceased, and in the chaplain's 
clear and solemn voice the beautiful though simple ser 
vice of the Episcopal Church was read. The concluding 
blessing was reechoed by the deep voices of the crew, 
and then forward boomed the thunder of the sunset-gun. 

Thus it was that Pembrook and lenze were made man 
and wife ; and, as they stood for a moment in silence 
after the blessing, a last ray of sunlight broke from the 
coining night-clouds and stole athwart the deck, brighten 
ing the scene as if in happy augury of their future. 

As the darkness closed upon the ship, a hundred lights 
twinkled under the snowy awiiing ; the decks were 
cleared, and the band played merry and inspiring music. 
The ball began, and the guests joined at once in the 
dances. Paul was in his element, and, with the rest of 
the naval officers, was assiduous in attendance upon the 
fair visitors. 

As the bride concluded the first quadrille, the first lieu 
tenant joined her, and, after offering the usual congratu 
lations, remarked : 

" I must ask your pardon for having failed until now 
to pay my devoirs / but the fact is, I have been off on 
duty, boarding officially the sloop Leopard, which has 
just come in. By the way, I had a letter from home 
from my wife. K ow that you are a wife, I hope vincu- 


lum matrimonii, as the learned have it, will set lightly 
upon you." 

The bride seemed to be amused at the lieutenant's 
manner, and, after answering in a playful way the usual 
sallies made on marriage occasions, remarked : 

" So the Leopard brought you a letter from home ? " 

" Yes one" he answered, adding, with an intensely 
comical expression on his face as he held up one finger, 
" A girl all well ! I'm a father 1 Ecce homo, as the 
learned have it." 

" I sincerely congratulate you. When you write to your 
wife, please tell her an unknown friend sends her love." 

" Quite a mistake ! " broke in the lieutenant ; " knows 
you well ; thinks you in heaven, though. I did, too, 
until recently." 

" What do you intend naming your daughter ? " 

" Shall write to-morrow," answered the lieutenant, 
" and issue peremptory orders that the infant be called 
lenze, after one of the loveliest of the sex suaviter in 
modo, fortiter in re, as the learned have it." 

An elegant supper followed the marriage ceremonies. 
Just as the dancers had resumed their places for a quad 
rille, they were startled by a loud hail coming from 
under the bows : 

" Frigate ahoy ! What ship is this ? " demanded the 

In the greatest astonishment, the dancers left their 
places and crowded to the side of the ship. Lieutenant 
Walford sprang to the gangway, and answered : 

" The United States frigate Nautilus." 

The same voice again hailed : 

" Ay, ay ! I'll come aboard." 


After a moment of waiting, the crew parted, to admit 
of the passage of a singular-looking procession. 

It was the sea-king Neptune, with all his Tritons blow 
ing away at conch-shells and horns. The monarch was 
seated in a gigantic oyster-shell car drawn by four stout 
biped dolphins, and throned in state, with the lovely 
Amphitrite (one of the men) and his son and heir at his 
side. On the imperial trident was festooned a wreath of 
orange-blossoms. The ocean-god was dressed in white 
sea-weed, and his Amphitrite was gorgeously attired. Her 
robe was composed of walrus skins, trimmed with fish- 
eyes in place of bugles. Long oakum hair, elaborately 
combed, reached below her waist. Her feet were clothed 
in sandals made of the dolphin skin, and variegated in 
hue. The wedding-ring, displayed with matronly dig 
nity, was fashioned from a vertebra of the shark. In 
her arms reclined the royal offspring (one of the ship's 
boys), dressed in juvenile bodice trimmed with sea-weed 
and cockle-shells. Around the child's neck dangled an 
enormous whale's tooth, to facilitate the operation of 
teething. This offspring of the monarch of the sea toyed 
playfully with his mother's necklace of conch-shells. 

The nurse (one of the negro cooks), covered with bar 
nacles, carried a huge jug, which she constantly applied 
to the weaned infant ; intimating thereby that the mater 
nal nourishment had ceased, and the heir was henceforth 
to be raised on the bottle. 

On sea-elephants rode the prime minister and court 
physician. The former was arrayed in seal-skin orna 
mented with gulf-weed. Under his arm he carried a 
huge volume, which was presumed to contain the laws of 
Neptune's kingdom. Behind his ear was stuck the quill 


of the albatross. The inkstand (a pot of black paint) 
hung suspended from his neck. A pair of iron specta 
cles, made by the ship's armorer, and a crisp, curled wig 
of manilla, gave his painted countenance a comical ap 
pearance of pretended gravity. 

The physician was dressed much like the prime minis 
ter, save that he wore a necklace of pill-boxes, and was 
armed with an amputating-knife, suspended like a cutlass 
from his belt. In his hand he carried a lancet about 
three feet long, tipped with blood. Court ladies in gro 
tesque dresses, and Tritons covered with gulf -weed, sur 
rounded the royal pair ; and as the car approached the 
quarter-deck, they made rather melodious music ; for the 
horns, representing those of the rhinoceros, were formed 
out of pasteboard, enclosing cornet-d-pisfons, upon which 
members of the band, as followers of Neptune, performed. 
Several of the Tritons, with harp-shells and conchs, re 
presented the chorus of his Majesty's nautical opera. 

When the cortege had arrived at the mainmast, the 
monarch waved his trident. The prime minister nodded 
for the chorus to advance, and well-trained and musical 
voices broke forth in the following composition of the 
poet-laureate of the forecastle : 


WE come from afar, from the storm-tossed billow ; 

Our palace the, deep, 'mid the red coral caves ; 
We rest on the sea an ocean-rocked pillow 

And sport in the surf that caps the wild waves. 

Huzza for old Neptune, his banner unfold ! 
Huzza for our monarch, the gallant and bold ! 
Huzza for sweet Amphy, his queen of delight ! 
Huzza for the beauty we gaze on to-night. 


In the Tropics at morn, in the Arctic at noon, 

On the swift wind we glide, untrammelled and free ; 

We steer by the stars, while the light of the moon 
Illumines our course o'er the deep rolling sea. 

CHORUS, &c., &c. 

The dolphin, our steeds, with their bright changing hue, 
Every tribe of the ocean submits to our power ; 

Our dominion wide waters enamelled with blue, 
We girdle the sea in the flash of an hour. 

CHOBUS, &c., &c. 

Then, welcome old Neptune, and bend the proud knee ; 

Abate, for a moment, excess of your pride 
Our lord of the billows has come from the sea, 

To salute both the groom and his beatiful bride. 

CHORUS, &c., &c. 

During the delivery of this " Song of the Tritons " his 
Majesty kept time with his trident, and swayed his head 
from side to side with all the gravity usually observed by 
affected connoisseurs at a first-class opera. 

At the conclusion of the nautical address, Lieutenant 
"Walford advanced with mock humility, and welcomed his 
Mighty Highness on board. 

u Where," said the monarch, in a tone of severe dig 
nity, " is the high official of this frigate ? It is not com 
patible with our royal prerogatives to be received by a 
subordinate. Let the commodore be summoned. With 
no other can the courtesies belonging to my official recep 
tion be interchanged." 


" Your royal behest shall be obeyed. I would observe, 
however, that this visit, though pleasurable, was unex 
pected, and the commodore, at the moment of your arri- 


val, was engaged in attending on one of our beautiful 
guests sua cuique volv/ptas, as the learned have it." 

" Ah I understand ! Age has not tempered his ardor. 
Like me, he preserves his -weakness for the sex. What 
says my Amphy 2 " And he here administered a buss, 
that exploded like a butt of pent-up beer full upon the 
pouting lips of his delicate queen, who boxed his face. 

At this moment the stern old commander appeared at 
the fife-rail, and solemnly raised his cap. The monarch 
of the sea rose from his car, and saluted. 

" Our royal mind has been grieved at the want of 
respect manifested by our cousin the, commodore." 

" Let your anger be appeased," said the old gentleman. 
" The slight was unintentional. Permit me to offer you 
some refreshments." 

The servants here approached with waiters, upon which 
sufficient wine was brought to supply his Majesty and all 
his court. 

" You should know, commodore," continued Neptune, 
" the road was murky, my dolphins swift as the hurricane, 
and we got rather more of spoon-drift than was agreeable 
to my royal internals. I drink to you and your guests. 
May you all live long ; may beauty never fade ; and may 
every voyage prove propitious ! Prime minister, see that 
the court do not make beasts of themselves ! " 

When refreshments had passed among the assembled 
courtiers, his Majesty continued his remarks : 

" You will observe, commodore, that I've dispensed 
with my barber's presence. He only accompanies my 
court when on the line ; then, my official visits are en 
tirely those of duty. To-night 'tis one of pleasure. Yes 
terday afternoon one of my detectives, a shovel-nosed 


shark, In prying round your frigate, picked up, among 
other yappers, a note of invitation to a wedding and ball 
to be given on board of this vessel. Presuming, as a 
matter of course, the stray invitation was intended for 
the monarch of the sea, I accepted in person, touched at 
Barbadoes for some fresh fruit for the bride, and brought 
from Madeira a basket of flowers, sweet and blooming as 
her young hopes. Cousin, let the dove-mated couple 
stand before us." 

Lieutenant Pembrook, with his bride on his arm, 
promptly appeared before the high dignitary of the sea. 
They both gracefully saluted, and the ocean-king rose in 
his car, bowed, and kissed his hand to the handsome pair. 

" Fair lady, the mermaids of my dominion are not 
more beautiful than thou art. Undine, the belle of my 
court, with all her exquisite charms, excels not thee in 
loveliness ! Prime minister, order the manatees to the 

A wild blast of music, like the fading effort of a 
cyclone, came from the Tritons. The curtain before the 
entrance lifted, and then came on the deck a procession 
of manatees, each bearing baskets filled with fruit, and 
decorated with flowers and beautiful coral. To the time 
of soft music, by invisible performers, they advanced, 
and ranged themselves on either side of the royal car. 
On a motion of the trident, they chanted an excellent 
melody, accompanied by the same invisible music. 

From tropical climes o'er the ocean we glide, 

And bear bonny gifts for this beautiful bride 

Let her wreath in these garlands partake of this fruit, 

They speak in their perfume, their flavor is mute ; 

Pomegranates, violets, and oranges sweet, 

By the will of our liege, we lay at your feet. 


Suiting the action to the last words of the song, at the 
feet of lenze were ranged baskets of exquisite flowers 
and luscious fruit. On each basket the names " Charles 
and lenze " were emblazoned in a true-love wreath. 

The presents really emanated from the entire crew. 
In this pageant were expressed their sentiments not 
wanting in poetry, and bestowed truly in sincerity and 

Lieutenant Pembrook returned, for his wife and him 
self, their full appreciation of the honors conferred, and 
prayed his royal Highness to present to his queen a token 
of esteem from his bride. He handed a handsome gold 
chain which she had taken from her neck. " And," he 
continued, " as is customary in all the courts of Christen 
dom, permit to be received this largess, for distribution 
among your kingly attendants." 

Here he presented a well-filled purse of gold, which 
had been privately handed him by the delighted don. 

Neptune ordered the prime minister to receive the 
purse. The gold chain with graceful politeness he threw 
around the Herculean neck of Amphitrite, who vainly 
choked herself for a blush. Failing in the effort, she 
hung her head and simpered with affected modesty ; but 
Mr. Randal declared it was only to obtain an opportunity 
of getting rid of the superfluous tobacco-juice accumu 
lated in her royal jaws. 

" Commodore," said Neptune, " my visit has been but 
to usher in the first phase of the honeymoon. I hope it 
may be with this interesting couple a constant lunar rain 
bow, spanning their sky from horizon to horizon. Pre 
sent my respectful salutation to my republican brother, 
Martin Van Buren, and ask him to send me a cabbage 


from ICinclerhook by the first frigate that crosses the line. 
We like those esculents, as they stave off the scurvy, to 
which our long voyages render us liable. And now, 
cousin, good night. A pleasant cruise and happy return ! 
Prime minister, the audience is dismissed. The court 
will retire." 

Surrounded by his guard of Tritons, and supported by 
his prime minister and imperial physician, the sovereign 
couple kissed their hands and waved a fond adieu. 
Amphy spanked the baby, by way of illustrating to the 
newly-married that infantine discipline was necessary in 
the best-regulated families. 

As the cortege moved from the ball-room, the chorus 
chanted : 

The hours are fleeting, our greetings are o'er, 
The billows invite us, we hear the wild roar ; 
Our fleet of light nautilus sail o'er the bay 
Harness the dolphins our king must away. 


Farewell to the bride, to the groom our adieu, 
Joy to this union so faithful and true ; 
We'll lull the wild seas wherever they roam, 
And waft them, with zephyrs, to their own distant home. 

As the last Triton disappeared behind the screen, a 
long-continued round of applause rose from the delighted 

The morning hours were approaching. The young 
were loth to leave this scene of beauty, but the elders felt 
the time had come when the spell must be broken. The 
boats were ordered, and the departing guests entered and 
were soon borne from the scene of enchantment. 

As Pembrook handed his bride to the barge, the men 


from the deck almost smothered them with bouquets. 
"\Vhen they were a short distance from the vessel, as if by 
magic, every ship in the squadron was brilliantly illumi 
nated, and the yards manned by the agile seamen. Noth 
ing could be more sublime or picturesque. The light was 
so intense, that every sailor, every spar and rope, could be 
distinctly traced ; and behind them was the gorgeous 
background of a cloudless, star-bespangled sky. 





HE don engaged passage for his party in a fine 
Baltimore bark, which was to sail on the follow 
ing day. Sending his baggage on board, he 
accepted the commodore's invitation to dine on the 

At three in the afternoon Paul Forbes for the last time 
enjoyed the pleasure of conveying his friends on board, 
where again they were warmly welcomed. All the 
officers of the ship attended this parting dinner, from 
which a certain tone of sadness could not be banished, as 
the guests recalled the association now about to be sev 

At five o'clock the bark was reported as standing 
towards the frigate. This announcement brought the 
repast to an abrupt conclusion. The guests left the cabin 
and assembled on the deck. By the mainmast stood two 
of Pembrook's old shipmates, seamen such as Dibdin 
loved to picture. They were simple, childlike men, with 
iron frames and bronzed visages a race which has 
almost died out. They showed by their manner a desire 
to speak to the lieutenant. With lenze, Pernbrook ad 
vanced to the fife-rail, and addressed them : 


" Well, my lads, now that I am married and we are 
about to separate, I trust you will not forget your ship 
mate and friend, as my most cordial wishes for your 
happiness will ever attend you, cruise where you may. 
lenze, I have sailed with these two fine fellows in several 
vessels, and entertain for them sincere regard." 

lenze promptly offered her hand which was touched 
with veneration and respect and said : 

" All whom my husband esteems are my friends also." 

" If that is so, beautiful lady, there be five hundred 
hearts on board of this 'ere frigate who will stand by and 
swear by you as the best and loveliest that ever spliced 
with an officer who is every inch a sailor and gentleman. 
On the part of all hands " (here the crew, who had con 
gregated in the gangway, uncovered), " I wish you both a 
long and happy voyage through life." 

Many of the seamen came forward and shook hands 
with the bride and groom. They were evidently very 
much delighted by the notice of lenze. 

When the interview ended, an old salt followed to the 
gangway. Doffing his tarpaulin and giving a forecastle 
scrape of his foot, he addressed the lady : 

" When your handsome husband, lady, was but a mite 
of a middy, I tended his hammock ; and many's the glass 
of grog, due nor'd, he's given me ! So, now, if my lady 
will condescend to receive a yapper from old Jack Smith, 
made with his own flippers, it's proud he'll be ! " 

lenze bowed, and smiled her acceptance. 

Jack drew from behind him a small tarpaulin of the 
most approved nautical model. 

" There it is, my lady, put together in seamanlike style 
by my own hands. It is none of your kimmon hats, nor 


arter the innovations of the lubbers who ain't been to sea 
a banyan day ; and you know, my lady, it might answer 
for the oldest boy, you know." 

lenze blushed in confusion ; while Jack, who fancied 
he was doing the presentation in first-class order, con 
tinued : 

" Boys, my lady, are rather sewere on hats ; but all 
hell (ax your pardon, Miss !) cannot harm this here tar 
paulin ! " 

Pembrook received the hat, with many thanks to the 
ol'l seaman. 

Another presented a whale's tooth, the value of which 
he strove to enhance by assuring lenze he had carved and 
fashioned it off Cape Horn, and it would no doubt make 
an excellent gum-cutter when the children were teething. 

Pembrook concluded it was time to put a stop to these 
rather embarrassing demonstrations from his old friends, 
his mind misgiving him as to the number and character 
of the contributions for the nursery which they might 
continue to offer. Renewing his thanks, he retired to the 
cabin with lenze, to bid the commodore farewell. 

The barge was ready. The last adieus were made, 
and, amid the cheers of their friends, the happy party 
passed into the boat. The last voice was that of Lieuten 
ant "Walford: 

" Farewell, Charlie, thou blessed of the gods ! Auda- 
ces fortune favet, as the learned have it." 

The barge started for the bark. When a few yards 
from the frigate, by a spontaneous impulse of the crew, 
the rigging was manned, and three hearty cheers were 
given as a farewell salute. 

The bark received its passengers, and 3 as they sailed 


out of the beautiful bay, the last sounds that fell upon 
their ears were the strains of " Ilome, sweet home ! " as 
played by the frigate's band. 

The officers of the Nautilus felt the void occasioned 
by the departure of their comrade for a long time. Poor 
Norris was almost inconsolable. 

Diplomatic complications detained the squadron in 
Naples for some weeks. The presence of national vessels 
often works powerfully for the favorable settlement of 
international difficulties. The uncertainty of the vessel's 
sojourn prevented the customary opportunities for visit 
ing all that was remarkable in and about Naples. This 
was a disappointment, but the pleasure was only deferred. 

At last the reign of red-tape came to an end. The 
brusque old chief, by showing his teeth, brought the dip 
lomacy to a satisfactory termination, and tke good ship 
departed. Skirting the Italian coast, she passed the 
island of Trapani, and hove to off the harbor of Malta, 
the ancient Melita, where the Apostle Paul was ship- 
WTecked, as Jack asserts, through mighty bad seaman 
ship. The skipper anchored by the stern in fifteen fath 
oms water, weighed, and stood in shore without a cast of 
the lead, which brought ship and all hands to grief. 

A boat communicated with the consul, who sent the 
mails on board, and away the frigate sped again swiftly 
to the eastward. 

Among the letters received by Paul Forbes was one 
from his fair Malaga friends, which, in spite of its 
attempted cheerfulness, excited uneasiness in his mind. 
Miss Carmina wrote that the civil war still continued in 
all its horrors. She said her father occupied a very pain 
ful position, from his humane efforts to soften the rigor- 


ous enactments of a harsh and exasperated Government. 
The extremists viewed him with distrust, and consequent 

" Thus far," she wrote, " nothing but his lofty charac 
ter and irreproachable reputation protected him from the 
machinations of his enemies. As we daily witness and 
hear of gross violations of the laws of humanity, our 
uneasiness increases. In truth, we are very unhappy ; 
our father looks grave, and frets much over the dreadful 
condition of poor Spain. 

" But to a more cheerful theme. Your letter from 
Home came as a soothing balm to perturbed minds. How 
thrillingly romantic must have been the meeting and 
reunion of Lieutenant Pembrook and his lovely lenze ! 
The guiding hand of Providence is certainly to be seen 
in this episode in real life. 

"And so, Mr. Mohawk, you have been at your old 
tricks, eh ? falling in love, and with a nobleman's daugh 
ter, too ! You susceptible savage ! Did you give her a 
specimen of the war-whoop ? Do you ever expect to 
see her again ? Poor girl, she is to be pitied ! Little 
dreamed she of the wiles and fascinations of Paul the 
buccaneer ! We will have to label you, ' Girls, beware ! 
This man is dangerous.' Anxiously do we look for your 
return. Every white sail that appears above the horizon 
is fondly hoped to belong to your frigate. Heaven grant 
your speedy return, dear brother ! Good-night." 



jjlIE cruise of the Nautilus extended to the ports 
of the Orient. Our midshipmen enjoyed the 
opportunity of visiting the Holy Sepulchre and 
the birthplace of Christ, and even extended their rambles 
to the shores of the Dead Sea. When the. frigate an 
chored off Alexandria they again went ashore, and, after 
passing a few days in the Egyptian capital, embarked by 
the canal for the interior. At Boulac, the harbor of 
Cairo, they found a palace placed at their disposal 
through the courtesy of the viceroy. The same munifi 
cent host sent ten splendidly caparisoned Arabian steeds 
for their use ; and, mounted thus royally, they rode over 
the sandy desert to the pyramids. 

The tourists were fortunate enough to secure the assist 
ance of Wadi Mousah, the official dragoman of the 
American consulate at Cairo. Piloted by this once- 
famed personage, all the mysteries of the land of the 
Moslem were uncovered to their Giaour eyes. 

One starlit evening they sat in the garden of their pal 
ace, by the side of the bubbling fountain, to enjoy their 
chibouks. "VVadi Mousah had finished his pipe, and now 
soothed himself with a low Arabic chant. All hands 


listened with attention, as the air was peculiar, and by no 
means unmusical. "When he had relapsed into silence, 
Mr. Randal opened a conversation with him. 

" Mousah, you seem to possess a wonderful knowledge 
of languages. How many do you speak ? " 

" Only nine, sir." 

" How did you acquire the knowledge of so many I " 

" My father was a dragoman before me. The profes 
sion is generally hereditary. At the age of twelve he 
had taught me French, English, and Italian. Arabic was 
my vernacular. An English gentleman of wealth came 
to Egypt on a tour, and the English consul, in whose ser 
vice my father was employed, accompanied his rich coun 
tryman up the Nile, and I went with the party. Having 
travelled much from early childhood, my services were 
almost as valuable as that of the official dragoman ; and 
that, coupled with my youth and (excuse my vanity !) 
rather good looks, interested the traveller. At Palmyra 
we were assaulted by some of the tribe of that desperate 
old rascal, Sheik Houssein Ihn Egid. Of course, we 
defended ourselves, and, as the party were numerous and 
well-armed, succeeded in repulsing the robbers. My father 
was seriously wounded, and I did not escape scot free. 

" On our return to Cairo, after an extended tour, the 
Englishman settled on my father an annuity, as a recom 
pense for his gallant conduct in his defence, to be paid 
until his wound healed. But the generosity of this gen 
tleman ended not here. Eor me he had taken quite a 
fancy, too, and on returning to England he took me with 
him. Here I was placed at school, and, having some nat 
ural quickness, particularly for languages, my proficiency 
was considered remarkable. 


" For three years my progress gave satisfaction to my 
benefactor. At the expiration of that time I accompa 
nied him to Germany, in which country we travelled for 
some time. Aptness in acquiring languages, and close 
application, soon made me quite proficient. 

" But these halcyon days were doomed to end abruptly 
and sadly. At Berlin my benefactor became engaged in 
a duel with a Russian count, in which both were killed at 
the second shot. The agony I experienced when my gen 
erous friend lay expiring on the bloody ground may be 
conceived. I conveyed his remains to England, where 
they were interred in the family vault. 

" By his will I was to receive a thousand pounds, which 
were promptly paid by his executor ; and, having no other 
friends to attach me to England, I returned to my native 
city, just in tune to receive the dying blessing of my poor 
father, who had never recovered from the effects of his 

" "With the money left me by my benefactor I pur 
chased a small house, and placed my mother and young 
brother in possession. In a year I found it necessary to 
seek employment. A vacancy occurred at the American 
consulate ; it was awarded to me, and I accepted. My 
education and perfect knowledge of the duties of drago 
man soon elevated me to that position. And in brief, 
gentlemen for I hate long yarns here I am ! " 

Before the Americans departed from Boulac, the 
dragoman conducted them to that quarter of the city 
where fortune-tellers and story-tellers plied their business 
during the Ramadan feast. The suspension of all work 
enabled them to command large audiences. 

The first open space occupied by a story-teller was 

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densely crowded. On a raised bench, or platform, stood 
a small comical Arabian, who, amid peals of laughter, 
was concluding a very amusing story. His droll face, 
and rapid declamation in a queer, cracked voice, were 
extremely amusing even to the Americans, though they 
understood not a word he uttered. They saw him but a 
few moments before he concluded his story, and were 
informed he had occupied six hours in its delivery. 

Some ten blocks further on another crowd was gather 
ing to hear a story ; and, at the suggestion of Mousah, 
the Americans drew within the circle, near enough for 
hearing and seeing. In their dragoman they possessed a 
graphic and rapid interpreter. 

Seated upon a platform covered with a handsome car 
pet was a fine-looking old man, whose age was reputed to 
be over one hundred years. Long, snow-white hair flowed 
over his shoulders behind, and in front, and from his 
chin, depended an immense beard. His dress was a com 
bination of Turkish and Arabian, neatly arranged, but 
devoid of richness of material or general ornament. The 
countenance was thoughtful, placid, and mild, and rather 
suggestive of melancholy. But when his black, piercing 
eyes lit up with the interest of his story, their expression 
became thrilling, and held his audience to the theme with 
a charm impossible to resist. In his venerable hands he 
held a gnode, or gourd, covered with sheep-skin, having 
three catgut strings arranged as on a violin, and over 
which, with his right hand, he drew a rude bow of horse 
hair. The tones drawn from this peculiar instrument 
were monotonous and sleepy, but during the recital of his 
story almost ceased. When the ear became accustomed 
to the sound, it proved not disagreeable, but rather added 


to the effect in such part of the recitation as demanded a 

The audience became quite large, as the reputation of 
this old story-teller was very great. Paul, on his return 
to his hotel, committed the story, as translated by the 
intelligent Wadi Mousah, to paper. 

The gnode sounded, and everybody listened with atten 
tion as the old man began his narration. 





|IIE kingdom of Irak Adjemi, in Persia, at one 
period of time was governed by Saludan Moor- 
mus I., a king of indomitable courage and un 
usual wisdom. The natural mildness of his disposition 
was mistaken by many of the surrounding sovereigns for 
weakness of character. Under this false impression, they 
engaged in predatory invasions, and, committing many 
outrages, at length excited the ire of Moormus, and he 
collected a large and well-appointed army, and proclaimed 
that l forbearance had ceased to be a virtue.' 

" Having cast aside his apparent inertness, like a tor 
nado he burst upon the offending nations, and, by a suc 
cession of wonderful victories, brought all Persia in hum 
ble subjection to his feet. But such was the equity and 
moderation of his character, that the guilty instigators 
and participators in the outrages he had battled to avenge 
were alone punished. On the general mass of the people 
his vengeance did not fall. They escaped subjugation 
and its consequent degradation. This exhibition of gen 
erosity added a fame to his name more splendid and 


enduring than the many victories he had won. Conquer 
ing a lasting peace, he returned to Ispahan, and sank the 
warrior in the peaceful pursuit of happiness. 

" His vast wealth lay not hoarded up in miserly treas 
ure-vaults, but was judiciously expended in the erection 
of noble edifices, and such public improvements as embel 
lished his kingdom and brought happiness to the people. 

" Ispahan, his capital, was beautifully situated on the 
river Zeinde-Rud. Rich gardens and orchards, with 
numerous flourishing villages, covered the country for 
thirty miles around. A short distance from Ispahan the 
hills of Korason broke the sameness of the scenery, and 
reared their wooded summits in a gentle elevation. The 
palace of Ispahan was constructed of pure white marble. 
Its massive fluted columns, surmounted with exquisite 
sculptured capitals, and supporting graceful balconies, 
gave to the main building a truly royal appearance. A 
court-yard in front contained several fountains, throwing 
cool jets of water some ninety feet in the air. The water 
fell bubbling and sparkling into large marble basins, 
where swans, and other graceful aquatic birds, gambolled 
in the pure element. 

" The garden of this palace the vain people of Ispahan 
apostrophized a ' the garden of Paradise,' ' the heaven 
of roses,' ' the garden of gardens.' 

" In peaceful occupations the warrior Saludan forgot 
the battle-field, and exchanged the war-blast of brazen 
trumpets for the pandsean pipe of peace. At a ripe old 
age the Angel of Death closed his eyes upon this proba 
tionary world, and bore his noble spirit to that land of 
promise beyond the grave, there to bask in the smiles of 
our holy prophet in eternal bliss." 


" Allah aclibar ! Allah achbar ! " murmured the audi 
ence, and the story continued : 

" Saludaii Moormus, the just and noble, was succeeded 
on the throne by his only son, Moormus II., then in the 
vigor of life, and endowed with virtue and vast intelli 
gence. In all things he resembled his father, save in the 
possession of warlike qualities. Peace and its accesso 
ries, commerce and mental culture, flourished under his 
fostering care. The palace at Ispahan, the capital of his 
country, was thronged with men of genius and learning. 
Every repast was a feast not alone for the body, but also 
for the mind. The luxury of the table all his guests 

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enjoyed in moderation, in no wise obstructing the stately 
exhibition of learning, that freely flowed from the lips of 
philosophers, astronomers, historians, poets, mathemati 
cians, chemists, and other representatives of learned pro 
fessions. Wise men from all parts of the world were 
welcomed as friends at the magnificent palace of the 
king. Poets wrote his praises, and philosophers passed 
judgment on his intelligence and virtues, and heralded 
his fame through every clinie. 

" The queen, a lineal descendant of Mahomet through 
his daughter, was a lady of marvellous goodness and 

" Heaven had vouchsafed to this royal couple but one 
offspring a daughter, so lovely in personal appearance 
and disposition as to claim for her the reputation of 
being the embodiment of all human perfection. At the 
age of fourteen her mind was well- developed, for the 
best of tutors had been employed to perfect her educa 
tion. Zeluma reigned in the hearts of her idolizing 
parents, a gem of loveliness and affection. Poets told of 


her charms in flattering verses, which Ispahan avowed 
were not flattery, though they proclaimed that heaven, in 
forming this enchanting being, had exhausted itself. As 
she wandered through the gardens, roses blushed with 
pleasure ; the bees greedily swarmed around to inhale 
her balmy breath ; her melodious voice lured the nightin 
gale, the thrush, and the miner, into songs of admiration, 
as they clustered on the trees that shielded her pathway 
from the morning sun. 

" Earth was a paradise to this beautiful princess. Joy 
pervaded her existence. She knew no sorrow until 
Azrail, the messenger of death, entered the palace, and 
her beloved mother, the queen, faded like a summer sigh, 
softly and calmly, into the hands of her Maker. The 
anguish she experienced was as painful as the happiness 
with which her early life had been blessed was enjoyable. 
Father and daughter wept bitter tears of sorrow, and the 
nation joined them in sympathy ; for the good queen 
reigned in the hearts of her people. 

" The hills of Korason were peopled by a hardy and 
unsophisticated race, whose sole occupation was that of 
shepherds, tending their numerous flocks of sheep. 
Though near the great city, their intercourse with it was 
of rare occurrence. The wool-traders usually visited the 
hills and purchased directly from the shepherd-producers. 
They were primitive, honest, and simple in their ways, 
and singularly ignorant of the refinement of civilization, 
though a great city rose, with its palaces and minarets, 
full before them but a short distance. This, no doubt, 
was attributable to the fact that the flocks required their 
constant attention, and the domestic duties of the females 
detained them individually in their respective homes. 


" Among the inhabitants of Korason sojourned, in 
seclusion, a hermit of remarkable character. He was 
tall, dignified, and of grave demeanor. His countenance 
indicated a powerful mind and unusual culture. lie was 
as calm and fathomless as the sea after the stormy waves 
were subdued. The rough shepherds treated him with 
that marked respect and consideration which the ignorant 
always pay to intellect. They looked upon him as a supe 
rior being. All their disputes or difficulties were referred 
to him for judgment, and his fiat was decisive. His 
learning awakened their awe, while his frankness and 
justice inspired their confidence. 

" The companion of the hermit was a lad of uncom 
monly fine appearance. His figure was formed from 
Nature's most perfect model. His countenance expressed 
nobility of soul, from the curling auburn hair and high 
forehead, sparkling blue eyes and aquiline nose, to the 
beautiful mouth and perfect chin, upon which the down 
of approaching manhood might, on close scrutiny, be 
detected. At first, many thought the youth was the off 
spring of the hermit, as the expressions 'father' and 
* son ' were common between them. But the minds of 
the curious were disabused of this idea, on learning from 
the hermit that the lad was but his ward, in point of law, 
though, in affection, his more than son. They were not 
natives of the hills, but came quietly among the people 
and purchased flocks of sheep, which young Asdrubal 
attended with assiduity. From whence they came, no 
one knew, nor was the curiosity of the inquisitive on this 
subject gratified. 

" Among the shepherds Asdrubal became all-powerful. 
His handsome appearance, brave deportment, and mental 


superiority made him a leader at every moonlight meet 
ing in which manly sports were the pastime. In hurling 
the jareed, pitching the bar, leaping, or trials of strength, 
none could compete with this acknowledged young chief 
of the hills. 

" On one occasion, a tiger burst upon his flock, and 
Asdrubal, armed with but a small javelin and hunting- 
knife, boldly assailed the savage animal, and, after a dan 
gerous conflict, slew him, and carried the bleeding car 
case in triumph to the hermit ; who, while applauding his 
bravery, trembled at his narrow escape. 

" * My son,' said he, ' I pray you to avoid such danger 
ous conflicts when so lightly armed. Excessive would be 
my anguish if misfortune should befall you ; therefore, 
for my sake be not so rash. Better the flocks should per 
ish, than aught of ill happen to you.' 

" ' Father, I could not stand by like a coward and see 
the wild beast mangling my charge. Had I but my 
shepherd's staff, I would defend the poor lambs, who, in 
their consternation, turn their frightened gaze upon me 
as their natural protector.' 

" ' It was bravely but rashly done, my boy. I hope 
that hereafter you will be better armed for such con 

" Asdrubal complied with the hermit's anxious solicita 
tion, and, on returning to his sheep, armed himself with 
a bow and quiver full of arrows. At night he brought 
home a young lion's whelp that he had slain in the act of 
springing on a lamb. As attacks by wild beasts were 
very common, and, through fear of bodily harm, always 
unresisted heretofore, these exploits of the hermit's son 
greatly increased his influence among the shepherds. 


" Time glided on with the sylvan sameness of a shep 
herd's existence. 

" The hermit devoted himself to books and writing, at 
the same time continuing his usual instructions to Asdru- 
bal at every convenient moment. The lad grew in manly 
beauty and intellectual development. His studies were 
always directed to a higher occupation than that of tend 
ing sheep, and the opportunity for such application was 
increased by the employment of an assistant, who greatly 
relieved Asdrubal from constant attendance in the field. 

" One morning the hermit said : 

" ' My son, place panniers on the mare, fill them with 
wool, and go to the city. Sell the wool to our agent, and, 
with the proceeds, purchase me some parchment, and 
such domestic necessities as are noted in this list.' 

" The mare was soon ready, and Asdrubal, arrayed in 
his peasant's garb, which, though coarse, was yet neatly 
made, and displayed to advantage his symmetrical figure, 
received the hermit's last instructions, and departed on 
his mission. 

" The road wound around the hill in a gradual descent 
to its base, debouching on the main public highway to the 
city. As the young man neared the entrance to the pub 
lic road, he heard the trampling of horses, and, checking 
the mare, he drew aside to permit the cavalcade which 
approached to pass. 

" It was a gay sight that burst upon his admiring view. 
The king and all his court, mounted on superbly-capari 
soned steeds, were on their way to Julfa, the royal coun 
try-seat, some eight miles distant from the capital. 

" Asdrubal watched with intense interest the rich 
dresses of the courtly cavaliers. 


" In advance rode the king, in splendid array. By his 
side, on a beautiful Arabian, was seated the lovely Prin 
cess Zeluma, radiant with her unequalled charms. Her 
eyes sparjded with pleasure, while the music of her voice 
floated in harmonious accents upon the tranquil air. 

" Entranced, the young shepherd paused. He was lost 
to all sight of the king and his courtiers in gazing in rap 
turous admiration upon the angelic being who appeared 
to him to be a creation of supernatural loveliness. The 
cavalcade passed on, but Asdrubal continued for some 
time to gaze upon that one figure alone, as if his very 
existence concentrated in her lithe and symmetrical form. 
When she faded from his vision, a deep sigh came from 
his heart, and the light of the sun could not dispel the 
gloom that gathered around him. 

" ' How beautiful ! ' he exclaimed. ' How like the 
Peris the poets speak of in their rhapsodies ! The fair 
lasses of the hill become indifferent in the radiance sur 
rounding this enchanting being. To bask in the sun 
shine of her smiles would be such perfect bliss, Heaven 
could offer me no greater happiness. Alas, these are 
wild thoughts that affect my heart ! I must recall to this 
sad soul her exalted station and my humble lot. Far off 
she is from me yes, as far distant as the glorious sun I 
adore, and may worship in its infinity of space. 

"With a mournful sigh he urged his mare onward 
towards the city, still thinking of the princess and her 
resplendent charms. He had progressed but a mile, 
when suddenly he heard the rapid clattering of horses' 
feet, and, turning his head with indifference to observe 
who approached so hastily, his unconcern changed to 


"The Arabian steed of the princess had become un 
manageable, and was fleeing like the wind, leaving the 
king and his attendants far behind. 

" With the speed of thought Asdmbal sprang from his 
mare and stood ready to arrest the affrighted animal. 
On he came, with glaring eyes and distended nostrils, 
foaming at the mouth, and wild with terror. The poor 
princess uttered shrieks of terror. 

" The shepherd awaited the approach., and nerved him 
self for a struggle which, however dangerous to him, 
would enable him to save the beautiful Zeluma from 
destruction. It was evident that her strength was fail 
ing, and her ability to retain the saddle rapidly departing 
from her. 

"Like an arrow came the mad steed, but the tried 
nerves of Asdrubal were equal to the crisis. At the 
right moment, with Herculean strength he seized the bri 
dle and checked the fiery animal, who fell, and, turning 
completely over, broke his neck. The active youth pre 
served the princess from sharing a like fate, by snatching 
her from the saddle and clasping her fainting form in his 
arms. All this was the work of a second. The cool 
head, steady hand, and firm nerves of the youth had thus 
rescued from a threatened death the princess of Ispahan. 
Bearing his lovely burden to a running brook by the 
road-side, he sprinkled the cool water on her brow, and 
Zeluma immediately revived. 

" She expressed her thanks in appropriate language, 
and gazed with gratitude on the features of her pre 
server. There was at all times a fascination in the ani 
mated countenance of this youth ; but now, when his soul 
beamed from his eloquent eyes, Zeluma, princess though 


she was, could not resist the charm, and still calmly rest 
ed in tlie arms of her saviour. 

" Brief though the contact, to Asdrubal it was the con 
densed essence of a life of bliss, and a joy as indefinable 
and bewildering. But it was shortly ended by the arri 
val of the terrified father and attendants, who, seeing at 
first only the dead horse, uttered exclamations of horror, 
which speedily changed into expressions of joy when 
Zeluma rose to her feet and sprang into his arms. 

" The shepherd youth, in his humble garb, stood unno 
ticed amid the courtly assemblage. With a feeling of 
despondency he turned to leave, when the princess ex 
claimed : 

" ' Oh, my father, do not suffer my preserver to depart 
without your royal thanks ! But for his manly strength 
and courage, I would now be lost to you forever.' 

" The king approached Asdrubal, and said : 

" * Sir peasant, I am deeply grateful for the assistance 
you have rendered my daughter, the princess. How can 
I requite you ? Accept this purse of gold ; it shall be 
ten times replenished to your advantage, and still, in my 
estimation, be no adequate reward for your services.' 

"Asdrubal made a low but dignified obeisance, and, 
'respectfully putting back the purse, replied : 

" ' High and mighty ruler, pardon my rejection of this 
gold. The treasures of your kingdom cannot purchase 
from me the proud satisfaction of having rescued your 
daughter. I am already amply repaid.' 

" ' Your speech and manner belie your garb. "Who 
and what are you 1 ' 

" l A shepherd, most noble king, from the hills.' 

" ' You are the most extraordinary peasant I ever met. 


Accept, then, at least this ring, as a guerdon and pledge 
that, on its presentation at my throne, anything you may 
ask within the bounds of reason shall be freely granted.' 

" The youth gracefully accepted the royal gift, and he 
was withdrawing from the presence of the king, when 
the fair Zeluma advanced, and, offering him her hand, said : 

" ' Receive my heartfelt thanks, and accept this amulet, 
consecrated upon the tomb of our holy prophet. Wear 
it, if not for the sacred memories attached, at least as a 
memento of my never-ceasing gratitude ! ' 

" Asdrubal received from her taper fingers the offering, 
and, with beaming looks, replied : 

" ' Beautiful princess, I am honored by your condescen 
sion ! This kindness thrills me with delight. Upon my 
heart I will rest your gift, and it will hallow every pulsa 

" Lowly bending, with looks of modest admiration he 
withdrew, and the cortege passed on. 

" It was some moments before Asdrubal recovered 
from his bewilderment. He felt as if he had lived in 
dreamland, and was but just awakened from a romantic 
vision, the delight of which still lingered and bewildered 
his imagination. 

" Vainly he strove to convince himself that fancy had 
cast its spell upon him. The amulet pressing against his 
agitated heart gave palpable evidence that all was reality, 
and the shepherd lad had but recently clasped in his arms 
the princess whose beauty was the universal theme of 
panegyric. Listlessly he entered the city and performed 
the required duty ; after which, he returned in the same 
musing state, living not in the present, but in the brief, 
visionary past. 


" The hermit welcomed him home with words of kind 
greeting and looks of pleasure. His faint responses ex 
cited surprise, which at length found expression in anx 
ious interrogatory. 

" ' What has gone wrong with you to-day, my son ? 
Your manner is gloomy and distracted, and the natural 
joyousness of your nature seems to have departed. I 
trust nothing happened to give annoyance. Come, re 
count the circumstances that cast their shadows on your 
brow, and render my hitherto joyous lad the melancholy 
being who stands before me.' 

" ' Father, did you ever see a seraph, rescue her from 
impending danger nay, even death and, in the wild 
excitement of your successful effort, clasp her in all her 
heavenly beauty to your heart ? ' 

" ' "What mad, unintelligible questions are these, my 
son ? Are you ill ? I fear the mid-day heat has fevered 
your brain. Let me feel your pulse.' 

" ' Nay, I am not ill, nor mad ; but, while possessed of 
physical health, there is a fever in my brain, a throbbing 
of the heart, that you, even in the calm coolness of ma 
tured years, cannot fail to appreciate when you learn the 
cause of my bewilderment, and that which renders me 
apparently a stranger to my former self.' 

" In glowing language the noble youth related to his 
sympathizing mentor the events of the morning, and 
frankly confessed that a hopeless passion, suddenly con- 
ceiyed, mastered his discretion. 

" ' I know, father,' he continued, ' you will smile at my 
boyish romance, and tell me I might as well strive to 
pluck a starry orb from yon far-off heaven, as raise my 
peasant's eyes in admiration to the lovely princess of 


Ispahan. The stern reality of your wisdom must con 
vince my reason, overwhelming it with weights of unan 
swerable argument ; and yet, the ambition of my heart, 
in its love and adoration, lifts it like gossamer, and bids 
me hope against hope. Do you not remember, dear 
father, the story told by the Persian poet Hafiz, of the 
peasant lad who saved the life of the princess of Taos ? 
He loved, and she despised not the lowly saviour of her 
life, but lifted him from his inferior condition, and placed 
golden opportunity in his path. Love's ambition taught 
him how to grasp it. In one brief year the peasant-born 
acquired wealth and reputation, gaining honors so great 
that the sceptre raised the shepherd's crook, and their 
loves became immortal. I, too, would rise above this 
mean estate, and, if I may not gain her love, will become 
more worthy of it from the efforts.' 

" ' My boy, I will not attempt to curb the ardor of your 
youth. Full well I know the counsel and experience of 
age falls as morning dew upon the warm and imaginative 
heart, and passes away like mist before the rising sun. 
Hereafter employ your time not in idle meditation, feed 
ing the romance of your heart in dreamy fancy, but let 
the influence of this affection urge you to mental labor, 
and the acquirement of such knowledge as will enable 
you to reap whatever fortune may bring within your 
reach. Allah is great. His ways to us are inscrutable ; 
and yet, my child, he moulds all things for his especial 
purpose. Go, bathe and refresh yourself in the Rud, 
and then see that our assistant herdsman performs his 
duty properly ; after which, return for further conversa 

"Asdrubal obeyed the hermit, and left the cottage. 


Long mused the sage. The working of his noble counte 
nance indicated reflections of no ordinary character. At 
length his thoughts found expression in words : 

" ' Poor Asdrubal ! Little dreams he that this beauti 
ful princess, high-born though she is, has kindled the Pro 
methean fire in the heart of one who, if justice could 
assert its rights, would honor her father's throne. O holy 
prophet, the chosen of God, intercede for justice, that 
virtue may be rewarded and wickedness condemned ! ' 

" After uttering these significant ejaculations, the sage 
resumed the pen, and occupied himself in writing. 

" Time wore on. Asdrubal followed the advice of his 
guardian, by devoting himself with zeal to the acquire 
ment of useful knowledge. His ardor in the study of 
the science of war, and constant practice with weapons 
belonging to its profession, met with no opposition from 
the hermit. On the contrary, he assisted the youth in 
these pursuits, and expressed approval at his rapid ad 

" Asdrubal was again dispatched to Ispahan on duty 
similar to that which occasioned his former visit. Kever 
had the image of the beautiful Zeluma, since that event 
ful occurrence, faded from his mind. It still illumined 
every thought and action of his existence. 

" Intense became his emotion on arriving at the spot 
where th'e princess had rested on his peasant-bosom. 
Viewing the locality with reverence, he asked himself if 
he had become more worthy of the love of one to whom 
his ambition aspired, and if it was not the madness of 
folly in an humble shepherd to lift his thoughts to one so 
far above him. 

" ' O Fate ! ' he exclaimed, ' are thy decrees to be inex- 


orable ? Are there no means of propitiating thy favor ? 
My soul abhors this low estate. Who am I ? There is 
some mystery connected with my history, known, I am 
sure, to the noble hermit, which he deems it prudent to 
reserve from me. There must be gentle blood in my 
veins. I feel it in every impulse of my soul. ; and a faint 
glimmering of childhood's memory recalls some scenes of 
grandeur, soon passing away like a vision from my recol 
lection. These impressions, when expressed to my guar 
dian, appear to give him pain, and bring anxious shadows 
o'er his brow. His only response is simply : ' My boy, 
you dream I The Persian poets have instilled too much 
romance in your brain. Turn from them, and read that 
which is more practical.' I am sure he was once a man 
of power. His manner shows it. His knowledge of his 
tory, of battles, the tactics of war, and the regulation of 
armies, confirm me in this belief. When I ask of my 
parents, and 'who we really are, he turns away with a 
deep-drawn sigh, and answers : ' My son, there are secrets 
not lightly to be divulged. Control your anxiety. When 
prudent, I will tell you all. Until then, I require your 
patience.' It is singular he never opposes this high ambi 
tion, but, since my confession, has directed my studies, as 
if there was yet some part in life for me to act above my 
present occupation. He is honorable, wise, and learned. 
I will obey his wishes, and bide my time, feeling well 
assured his intentions are governed by prudence and de 
votion to my interests. No father ever loved a son more . 

" Thus soliloquizing, he entered the city gates. Hav 
ing fulfilled his mission, an indefinable attraction led him 
to the palace, there to gaze upon the magnificent edifice 


containing the object of his adoration. The marble walls 
rose high, and coldly frowned upon this daring presump 
tion. To him the golden gates were closed. As he stood 
looking, wishing, doubting, hoping that his eyes might 
perchance light upon his love, a brilliant cortege of richly- 
dressed cavaliers passed within the gates. Turning to 
one of the spectators of this gay pageant, he asked if he 
could tell him who they were. 

" ' Yes,' replied the citizen ; * that is young Prince 
Huron, the son of King Baman, of Farristan, who 
arrived here two days ago, seeking the hand of our beau 
tiful princess. He is entertained by the good king, her 
father, in right royal style.' 

" Poor Asdrubal was almost paralyzed by the blighting 
information, and could with difficulty sustain himself. 

" ' What ails you ? ' said the good-natured citizen ; 
1 you are deadly pale, and seem quite ill I ' 

" The poor lad gasped as if it was his heart he swal 
lowed, but, with a powerful exercise of will, recovered 
himself sufficiently to reply : 

" l It was a momentary pain, but it is over. Has the 
princess accepted of the suit ? ' 

" * That is not known. Our good king, we learn, will 
not force, her inclination. A final answer is to be ren 
dered in seven days. In the meantime the guests are 
treated with distinguished consideration. Banquets and 
entertainments are to follow in quick succession. Day 
after to-morrow there will be a public joust a trial of 
arms with the bow and jareed, ending in a conflict with 
the battle-mace, not of iron, but of hardened gum, that no 
serious injury can be inflicted on the two parties contend 
ing for the victory. The victor of the day is to be 


crowned by our royal princess, and receive a scimetar 
inlaid with gold and jewels.' 

" ' But this joust is only open for the nobles, is it 

" ' Any gentleman of good birth, who can appear in 
the lists appropriately dressed and with a horse properly 
caparisoned, may take part in the exhibition. No peas 
ant, of course, can afford to participate, as the expendi 
ture would be far above his means. Thus they are de 
barred. Our good king, unlike his father of glorious 
memory, has no army, or officers educated to martial 
exercises ; consequently, the lists are open to the ambi 
tious, and those inclined to rough riding and tough blows. 
Prince Huron leads his own people, and, against our 
untrained nobles and citizens, anticipates an easy victory, 
such as he no doubt thinks will enable him to appear to 
advantage, and win favor in the eyes of our lovely Zelu- 
ma. The king was not inclined to the entertainment, 
but, to gratify Prince Huron, he has consented ; and the 
proclamation announces the terms and programme pretty 
much as I have related. But here is a copy, to which 
you are welcome, if your curiosity is not already satisfied. 
I am glad to see that you look better, and will bid you 
good morning.' 

" Asdrubal hastened homeward, filled with grief. 

" ' If,' he said, l she should accept this prince, wretched 
will be my lot in life ! O Fate, avert this misfortune ! 
I will join this joust. On my noble Arabian steed, 
trained to obey me with perfect docility, I will challenge 
any horseman in the retinue of Prince Huron to a con 
test with jareed, bow, or battle-mace. My apparel must 
be rich, else this peasant-garb will deprive me of the 


privilege of entering the lists. My kind guardian shall 
be consulted.' 

" He speedily arrived at the hermit's cottage, and, after 
giving an account of the result of his mission, related to 
the sage, with rapid and excited language, the stirring 
news connected with the arrival of Prince Huron. 

" At the mention of that name the hermit started, and 
eagerly asked him to repeat all that he had heard. With 
stern expression, and lips moving that uttered no sound, 
he sat in silence. Some powerful emotion agitated his 
mind. At last, shaking off the spell, he gazed upon 
Asdrubal with an expression of intense sorrow, and 
mildly remarked : 

" ' So, my son, you would join in this pageant, and 
leave, for a time, your rural home ? It is the efferves 
cence of youth, and I cannot blame you.' Abruptly he 
left the room, murmuring, ' Blood will speak ; it is thicker 
than water.' 

" Later in the afternoon he entered the yard, and mani 
fested much interest in Asdrubal's exercise on his beauti 
ful steed, raised by him from a colt. The animal was of 
pure blood, splendidly formed, and remarkable for intel 
ligence. His master had taught him to leap, halt instantly 
at command, and move at will by a touch of the knee. 

" ' My son,' said the hermit, ' you have a noble animal, 
and, by constant instruction, have trained him to perfect 
obedience. Your personal appearance should be in keep 
ing with your steed. Be not uneasy ; you shall not be 

"At an early hour Asdrubal retired to rest, but the 
hermit wrote long and earnestly. Completing his task, 
he opened a chest and drew forth varieties of richly- 


decorated dresses, that evidently had once been worn by 
a person of elevated rank. While inspecting them, a 
sarcastic smile passed over his countenance, and he mur 
mured : ' My present garb does not indicate that I once 
enjoyed extensive power and wore these gaudy trappings. 
Youth and ambition, mingled with vanity, have passed 
away ; old age and sorrow befit my habiliments. But 
this poor lad, despoiled of his just position, claims, by a 
natural instinct, an opportunity to absolve the shepherd's 
ties which fetter him to this lowly sphere. He shall be 
gratified, even though the happiness may be of short 
duration. Fate cannot be controlled. This high-born 
youth, though dressed in rustic garments, soars above his 
position. The crisis of his life, I feel assured, begins to 
day. Well, let it come ! My constant dreams are of 
retribution and justice inshallah ! ' 

" Selecting a sumptuous robe, and drawing from a 
recess of his room a handsome saddle and bridle, he 
placed them conveniently for the young man, and sought 
his humble couch. 

" Great was the delight of Asdrubal, when morning 
came, to find his wants supplied. In fitting language he 
expressed his thanks, and immediately made preparations 
for proceeding to Ispahan. 

" The hermit assured the youth that, in the matter of 
birth, he was entitled to enter the lists, and he should 
accompany him as a voucher, in case his rights were ques 

"On reaching the city, they repaired to the -khan, or 
public inn, where Asdrubal proposed to array himself 
and steed in the elegant apparel which the munificence 
of the hermit had provided. 




HE joust began at three o'clock in the afternoon. 
At half-past two, from the court-yard of the 
khan there issued a beautiful Arabian steed 
exquisitely caparisoned. Proudly seated on his back rode 
a young man in magnificent attire. If his figure was 
perfect, his countenance portrayed even more attractively 
the perfection of manly beauty. None could behold him 
without expressing admiration. 

" The hermit gazed upon the lad with fond pride, but 
he sighed heavily as some recollection of the past floated 
through his mind. Raising his hand to wipe away a tear, 
there fell from his bosom, unperceived, a package. 

" Asdrubal sprang from his horse and recovered it, and, 
as he returned it to his guardian, the superscription, 

" ' His puissant Highness, in the prophet's love, 

" ' Moormus II., King of Irak Adjemi,' 

caught his eyes. But this circumstance elicited no re 
mark. He was aware that the hermit wrote many epis 
tles, and the directions on some he had previously seen 
were calculated to give him a vague idea of his protec 
tor's former greatness. 


"Fronting the palace, the grand square of 'Maidan- 
Shat ' covered an area of some ten acres, circled by con 
venient walks, and shaded with venerable and majestic 
poplars and stately chinars. The centre was open, and 
unadorned save by an emerald coating of luxuriant grass. 
In the middle of this park a large amphitheatre had been 
erected, with seats shaded by a covering of white canvas. 
The canopies over the thrones of the king and princess 
were of cloth of gold. Richly-embroidered tapestry sep 
arated them from the populace. 

" The thrones were of sandal-wood inlaid with precious 
stones, and rested on rich Persian carpets. That on the 
right of the amphitheatre from the entrance, in the direc 
tion of the palace, was the largest and most stately, being 
appropriated to the king. To the left, and but a few feet 
distant, stood the throne of the princess. Though rich 
and tasteful in its adornments, it was festooned with fiow- 
ers and evergreens, as if its final decorations had been 
completed by the delicate hands of the softer sex. 

" The left or western end of the lists remained open, in 
order to permit the flight of arrows and swift jareeds to 
pass uninterrupted. It was also intended as the grand 
entrance for the participators in the exercises; though 
several other portals were constructed at regular spaces 
for the convenience of the spectators. 

" At half -past two the amphitheatre was crowded. 
The upper seats were retained for the gentry of the city, 
and the lower benches appropriated to the peasantry, 
without an attempt on their part to intrude beyond their 
allotted sphere. 

" The banner of Prince Huron floated on the left J: 
the king ; that of Ispahan on the right of the princess. 


" At the -western opening the grand marshal, with his 
mounted aids, awaited the entrance of the combatants, 
and examined the claims of those of Ispahan for the 
privilege of the joust. 

" Martial music swelled upon the balmy air, and all 
eyes were directed to the entrance, as the king and prin 
cess, in elegant apparel, appeared at the head of the 
mounted guard of the palace a guard rarely called into 
requisition save on state occasions, and then merely for 
the purpose of display. 

" On the appearance of the sovereign and his court, the 
spectators simultaneously rose to their feet, and reverently 
made the customary salaam. Riding once around the cir 
cle for the satisfaction of the multitude, the royal pair dis 
mounted at their respective thrones, where pages and ladies- 
iii-waiting thronged to render homage and attendance. 

"The moment the king was seated, the marshal, 
through his heralds, summoned the combatants to ap 
pear. The call was promptly answered by Prince ITuron. 
lie was clad in splendid armor, and, mounted on a large 
black Tartar horse, with proud arrogance dashed into the 
arena, at the head of thirty handsomely-dressed followers. 
Twice they rode around the lists, receiving sufficient 
applause to flatter them without its being an evidence of 
marked partiality. Passing the throne of the princess, 
with a supercilious obeisance Prince Huron drew up his 
train in front of his colors, and remained stationary. 

" The marshal examined the credentials of all belong 
ing to the city of Ispahan who were aspirants for a par 
ticipation in the coming friendly contest ; and, as they 
were slowly entering to the number of twenty-nine, the 
official halted them, and cried aloud : 

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" l Gentlemen, your number is short ! ' 

" This exclamation was interrupted by the appearance 
of Asdrubal, who approached with a mien so majestic 
that the marshal instinctively bowed before him, and, 
without examination, waved to him to join the combat 
ants. Then, amid the clang of cymbals and trumpet- 
blast, the gentlemen of Ispahan rode gayly round, though 
not with the discipline and perfect assurance of the 


" The applause was enthusiastic, for it was their own 
people the audience cheered and encouraged. Asdrubal 
brought up the rear, alone. His fine bearing and unsur 
passed equipments, together with the spirited movements 
of his Arabian, excited curiosity and admiration. As he 
passed the throne of the fair Zeluma, a flush suffused his 
handsome countenance, and he bent gracefully to the 
pommel of his saddle. Her bright eyes caught this look 
of admiration. It recalled a countenance she had 
dreamed of many a night. Calling a page, she whis 
pered : 

" ' Quick, child ! learn the .name of yonder gallant 
cavalier the last who passed.' 

" With low salaam the slave disappeared from among 
the royal attendants. 

" The party of Asdrubal, having made their last cir 
cuit, drew up in front of their banner, near Zeluma's 

" The marshal approached, and asked to whom he 
should address himself as their leader. 

" They had failed, in their ignorance, to make a selec 
tion. After a slight pause, with one accord they turned 
their eyes to Asdrubal. His commanding appearance 


and superior horsemanship had promptly impressed them 
with confidence, and he became by unanimous voice their 
chief. lie modestly declined the honor, but the marshal 
cut short the objection by proclaiming there was no time 
to renew the election. Briefly announcing the laws by 
which the tournament was to be governed, he withdrew 
to his station. 

" Two targets, well padded, to prevent the arrows from 
passing through, were placed near the open part of the 
arena, some forty yards asunder. About twelve yards in 
front of each target a rope was tightly drawn across the 
course, at an elevation of five feet. All arrows were to 
be shot as the horse made the leap at the barrier. Fail 
ing in this, the rider lost caste, and the privilege of fur 
ther participation in the contest. 

" At the trumpet-blast, and amid loud cheers, Prince 
Huron and his party obeyed the signal. In single file 
they rode swiftly at the barrier, and discharged their 
arrows with accuracy, not a rider failing in a single re 
quirement of the law. Again they formed before their 
standard, and now Asdrubal gave the order to charge. 
He was obeyed amid the applause of the excited multi 
tude. Firmly and swiftly the young shepherd rode his 
gallant steed to the barrier. Rising like an antelope high 
in air, ere his delicately-shaped hoofs had again touched 
the ground, the arrow of Asdrubal pierced the centre of 
the target. 

"His followers were less fortunate. Though none 
drew bow out of time, yet a number shot wide of the 
mark. The marshal awarded the triumph of this portion 
of the joust to Prince Huron and his riders. Asdrubal 
received a challenge from the prince for a personal trial 

NAunLtrs. 249 

of his skill, which was eagerly accepted, and resulted in 
the triumph of Ispahan, much to the gratification of the 

" New targets were provided, and jareeds placed in the 
hands of the combatants. As with the bow, so with the 
short lance, Asdrubal maintained his superiority. His 
followers proved unskilful, and the success of their leader 
could not rescue the party from defeat. This created but 
little excitement among the audience, as the entire inter 
est now centred in the rivalry between the commanders. 

" In the individual trial with the jareed our hero shone 
still more conspicuously. His attitudes were graceful and 
his aim unerring. Prince Huron was irritated at his 
second discomfiture. He eyed the victor with undis 
guised wrath, but the look was haughtily returned. 

" Zeluma watched with eagerness the contest. Her 
hopes were all in favor of Asdrubal, in whom, without 
exactly knowing why, she had become intensely interest 
ed. At each success the pulsation of her heart rapidly 
increased, and a blush of pleasure mantled her cheek. 

" Presently the page returned, and in a subdued voice 

" ' Most noble princess, I cannot learn his name. He 
is unknown ; but the desire of the people is that he may 
win the prize.' 

" ' Allah grant it ! ' murmured the gentle Zeluma. 

" The joust was now to conclude with a general melee 
with the mace, which, though of hardened gum,was by no 
means a gossamer wand, to fall with the lightness of snow 
upon the head of an unlucky recipient. The elasticity 
of the weapon prevented any serious consequences, though 
the blow might occasion a temporary inconvenience 

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" Prince Huron, whose irritation had greatly increased, 
whispered to his chamberlain : 

" ' Now I'll meet this young upstart where his sleight 
of hand will avail him not. Speedily his gay plumage 
shall be soiled with the dust of the arena ! ' 

" The contending parties were arrayed at opposite ends 
of the lists, awaiting the signal to charge. Amid trum 
pet-blast and loud huzzas the combatants met. The shock 
caused the ground to tremble, and the dust for a few 
moments nearly obliterated a view of the strife. 

" When a clear observation could be obtained, numbers 
were unhorsed, while their steeds were running wild. 
The leaders displayed skill and adroitness ; but Asdrubal 
maintained his preeminence, amid the shouts of gratifica 
tion from the populace. The contest continued with 
numerous changes of fortune, until, at last, Prince Huron 
and Asdrubal were alone in the arena. 

" There was a cessation of hostilities for a few mo 
ments, when the prince, no longer able to restrain his 
rage, exclaimed : 

" ' Now, intruder, prepare to receive a punishment due 
for your audacity ! ' 

" Furiously he rode upon the shepherd ; but Asdrubal 
met him with so much coolness and address that the 
attack was completely foiled. In turn, Asdrubal assailed 
the prince. His noble Arabian, under perfect command, 
moved with the fleetness of the wind, as directed by his 

" Spell-bound the audience witnessed the struggle ; and 
Asdrubal, for the first time exerting all his strength, lit 
erally overwhelmed and confused the prince with such 
rapid blows, that he brought him senseless to the earth. 


" Then rose wild shouts of delight. Ispahan, through 
her champion, had triumphed, and defeated the lordly 
representatives of Farristan. 

" Had the princess been observed during the progress 
of the fray, her eager gaze and expression of anxiety 
must have attracted attention. Every doubtful move 
ment of Asdrubal excited a nervous shudder, every suc 
cess a blush of pleasure ; and when the day was won, 
joy lighted up her countenance. 

" The herald proclaimed the champion of Ispahan the 
victor. Amid renewed applause Asdrubal was escorted 
to the throne of Zeluma. Dismounting, slaves came for 
ward to hold his steed. lie waved them back, and, at a 
word, his noble steed knelt, and remained immovable. 
Advancing himself with modest mien, he bent the knee, 
and awaited the pleasure of the princess 

" Zeluma, clothed with all the grandeur and majesty of 
royalty, approached the youth, and placing the wreath 
upon his brow, she said : 

" ' I crown you champion of this day's joust. Upon a 
brow more deserving, the wreath of Fame could never 
rest. May Allah bless, the holy prophet preserve you ! ' 

" He raised his eyes to thank her, when, with an excla 
mation of astonishment, she said : 

" ' My preserver ! ' Pressing her hand to her heart to 
check its throbbing, she continued : ' This recognition 
renders my duty the more pleasing, as my gratitude is 
now coupled with my admiration. Relinquish your in 
cognito^ and assume the high position I am sure right 
fully belongs to you.' 

" ' Sweet princess, would it were in my power to obey ! 
The mystery that clings to me time only can dispel. Be 


my position what it may, devotion will ever sway my 
heart to you.' 

" The prime minister handed the princess a magnifi 
cently-jewelled scimetar. She threw the sash to which it 
was attached around the young man's neck, saying : 

" ' Receive this Damascus blade. Draw it in the cause 
of justice and honor alone. I know I place it in worthy 

" She pressed the scimetar to her lips, and surrendered 
it to his grasp. 

" ' If ever misfortune should render it necessary for 
you, lovely princess, to call upon your people for defence, 
this weapon shall flash between you and danger ! ' 

" Bowing gracefully, he retired. At his command the 
Arabian rose. The victor vaulted lightly into the saddle, 
and, drawing the scimetar, he rode at full speed from the 
arena, while peals of applause followed him. 

" The court retired with all its usual ceremony, and the 
crowd dispersed. On entering the palace, a mysterious 
letter was handed the king. 

" At the khan Asdrubal resumed his peasant-dress, and, 
with the hermit, passed from the city homeward. The 
young man's thoughts were upon the lovely Zeluma. His 
mind indulged in romantic visions, and he pursued his 
journey in silence. Over the hermit came also that seri 
ous and reflective mood so often seen, when his counte 
nance resembled the ocean in its calm and passionless 

" The attendants of Prince Huron conveyed him to the 
palace, where he speedily recovered from his bodily inflic 
tions, to give vent to angry exclamations. Chafing at 
his discomfiture before the princess, his anger became 


more excessive on learning that his vanquisher was un 

" Ispahan had become distasteful to him, and he deter 
mined to demand an immediate response to his applica 
tion for the hand of Zeluma. Her beauty won his admi 
ration, and his vanity suggested that she could not be 
indifferent to his station and personal appearance. 

" While the king was reading the mysterious document, 
the prince's note was also handed him. Finishing both 
letters, he repaired to his daughter's apartment. Draw 
ing her affectionately to his side, he placed the letter of 
Prince Huron in her hand. When she had read its con 
tents, her father said : 

" ' My beloved daughter, ever considering your happi 
ness, I have always resolved that your marriage should be 
left entirely to yourself, and not subjected to the cold and 
unfeeling policy of state. Tell me frankly, does this 
young Huron find favor in your sight ? ' 

" ' ISTo, dear father no ! On the contrary, his conceit 
and arrogance have rendered him repulsive to me. Do 
not urge this suit ! It would entail nothing but misery ; 
though, if I thought it was your heart's wish, I would 
wed him.' 

" ' Enough, my daughter ! At first I thought it possi 
ble you might become attached to him ; and if so, the 
worldly advantages would warrant my approval. Infor 
mation, mysteriously received to-day, and your evident 
repugnance, changes all my views, and gladly shall I 
decline the suit.' 

" t Thanks, my father thanks ! Mortified vanity will 
make the prince your enemy ; so, be warned, and be 
ware ! ' 


" The. king replied : 

" ' We are all in the hands of Allah. What he wills, 
must be inshallaJi ! ' 

" Fondly kissing his child, the king retired, to answer 
the solicitation of Prince Huron unfavorably. The mo 
ment the door closed upon the king, Zeluma clasped her 
hands fervently, exclaiming : 

" ' Thanks to Allah for this relief ! Prince Huron is 
hateful to me. Ah, how constantly the countenance of 
the young hero of this day's combat rises to my memory ! 
I must strive to obliterate the dangerous impression, but 
not prove ungrateful to my preserver. Alas, 'tis vain ! 
My honest heart will drown the voice of pride, discre 
tion, and position. I'd rather be a peasant-girl, with his 
stout arm to lean upon, his noble bosom for my pillow, 
than revel in all the state and splendor that begirt my 
father's throne. With him to toil, with him to live, even 
in poverty, would be happiness so great, I would hourly 
utter thanks to Heaven that granted such a boon.' 

" She called her slaves, and bade them sing songs of 
love, until the soothing balm of slumber brought dreams 
of Asdrubal. 

" On the following day Prince Huron left Ispahan 
with his gallant retinue. On his brow there rested an 
expression of undisguised anger. 





]OME few weeks after the departure of the prince 
the amiable King Moormus was attacked by 
fatal illness. He rapidly sank, and the physi 
cians pronounced him past recovery. "When informed of 
their opinion, he calmly replied : 

" ' The will of Allah be done ! He is the only true 
God, and Mahomet is his prophet ! ' 

" Calling the sorrowing Zeluma to his side, he conversed 
for hours, imparting instruction as to her duty in the 
responsible position she would soon be obliged to occupy 
as queen of Irak Adjemi. From his ministers he exact 
ed solemn promises to watch over and guard his beloved 
child from indiscretion and political errors. In order to 
secure her peaceful ascension to the throne of her ances 
tors, he commanded that her coronation should take place 
immediately in his presence. 

" The weeping princess was accordingly crowned, and 
invested with the insignia of royalty in the death-cham 
ber of her dying parent. The court officials witnessed 
and sanctioned the ceremony, swearing on the Koran alle 
giance to their new sovereign. 

256 NAtrriLtTS. 

" Having settled his worldly affairs and issued an affec 
tionate farewell to his subjects, confiding his daughter, the 
young queen, to their care, he addressed himself to Allah, 
and with the setting sun his spirit took its flight to Para 
dise. The remains were consigned to the mausoleum of 
the kings of Ispahan, and Zeluma reigned in his stead. 

" The poignancy of her grief had but partially sub 
sided, when warlike rumors reached the court. The 
father of Prince Huron, indignant at the rejection of his 
son, was assembling an army, as rumor asserted, for the 
purptose of conquering the kingdom of Irak Adjemi, and 
forcing its young queen to become the bride of Huron. 

" Zeluma called her counsellors to her aid. Many and 
anxious were their consultations. They all felt that the 
country was in no condition for war. Arms, accoutre 
ments, munitions, and leaders, were wanting. Indeed, all 
the essentials for successful defence were required. The 
counsellors of the queen, though wise and able men in 
times of peace, seemed to be completely paralyzed when 
thus called to a new field of action. As the horizon 
clouded and the horrors of a bloody contest were about 
to burst upon them, their minds appeared to be incapable 
of grasping the situation or coping with its difficulties. 
Consequently, valuable time, that should have been em 
ployed in energetic preparation, was expended for nought. 
Procrastination, and suggestions for compromise, were the 
empty results of their ministerial consultation. 

" Poor Zeluma groaned in despair. Her keen percep 
tion of the necessity of action availed not against the 
slow, lumbering ideas of her well-meaning but incompe 
tent advisers. 

" One morning a slave announced to the queen that a 


hermit waited, who desired to see her alone. Accompa 
nying the request came the amulet presented by her to 
Asdrubal. The recognition produced great agitation in 
her mind. It awakened an idea that her preserver was 
dead, and with his last breath had returned to her the 
cherished gift. In excessive anguish she granted the 

" When the hermit of Korazon hills entered and made 
his salaam, she hardly waited its conclusion ere hastily 
asking : 

" ' Is he alive ? ' 

" ' Mighty queen, he is ! The amulet was lent to in 
sure this private interview, upon which probably depends 
the salvation of your throne.' 

" ' Speak freely to me, father ; you come well recom 
mended. I will listen, and, moreover, follow your advice, 
believe me.' 

" ' O queen, I come to warn you of the errors of your 
counsellors, and, if it be your will, to offer you advice 
from one who, in days gone by, had weight in other king 
doms, and with a mighty power.' 

" ' Proceed, good father ! Tell a poor, bewildered girl 
how to save her people and her throne ! ' 

" ' May my head fall, O queen, if I say aught but right, 
or give thee ill advice ! I am well informed of the 
affairs of the king of Farristan. This morning, at break 
of day, unknown to those around, a courier arrived to me 
from the city of Shairaz. By him I received news of 
the gathering of a mighty army by Prince Huron, to 
crush you in your helplessness, and, having conquered 
your kingdom, to claim, as a condition of peace, your 
hand in marriage.' 


" ' I will flee to the desert starve in tlie wilderness 
die from my own hand, ere wed Prince Huron ! ' 

" ' Allah grant that such alternative may never be 
yours ! But listen. Your counsellors are men of learn 
ing, educated in peaceful times, living in such harmony 
with the outer world that, on the first blast of trouble, 
they lose their minds, and are bewildered. Men of ener 
gy would by this time have made ample preparation to 
breast the approaching storm ; but they have done noth 
ing but hope for the best. Allah helps all who help 
themselves. Inertness he never countenances ; and, if 
they persevere in their present course, your enemies will 
wrest from you the throne of your fathers. 

" ' Now, O sovereign, if I am permitted to speak freely, 
I would utter these words : First, that in every city an 
edict should be issued, ordering the immediate manufac 
ture of arms and munitions of war; also, that men be 
enrolled and camps of instruction established. A com 
missariat, for the collection of supplies, you will also 
need. Appoint a general of ability, if one can be found, 
for the command of your army. Do these things with 
out a moment's delay. Your firmness will vanquish this 
general apathy.' 

" ' My thanks are yours, good hermit, for directing me 
to the path of duty. I have felt the necessity for prompt 
action, but no one, until now, has aided me with practical 
advice. I pray you, tell the preserver of m^ life that I 
shall remember his promise, when at my hands he re 
ceived the scimetar.' 

" ' Rest assured, fair queen, he will never fail you. At 
the right moment Asdrubal will appear, and prove wor 
thy of your confidence. Here is a list of recommenda- 


tions, the fruit of years of experience. Act upon them 
as if they were your own, that jealousy, the bane of men 
in power, may not retard the speedy defence of your 
kingdom. May Allah guard you through this trial ! ' 

" The hermit withdrew, and, when alone, he mur 
mured : 

" ' She is a noble woman, and her heart is Asdrubal's. 
My knowledge of human nature assures me this.' 

" The grand vizier manifested much astonishment at 
the energy of his youthful queen. Her orders were 
copied from the papers left by the hermit, and his 
thoughts were so clearly expressed that with natural 
intelligence she grasped every point. By imperative 
directions, couriers were dispatched to the governors of 
every city in her dominions. Agreeably to the sugges 
tions of the hermit, men were promptly enlisted. But, 
alas ! there was no competent chief to lead them on to 

" The illness of Prince Huron caused delay on the part 
of the enemy, and gave Zeluma a respite, which was 
energetically improved by the manufactory of arms, and 
general preparation for the coming struggle. 

" Of all her grandfather's officers, but one yet survived, 
and his advanced age he pleaded as an excuse for declin 
ing to again arm for a conflict. The absolute necessity 
of the case, and great distress of his sovereign, however, 
overruled all objections, and the old man, Hackmet 
Miram, reluctantly consented to take the field. Under the 
grandfather of Zeluma he had distinguished himself for 
activity and boldness as a commander ; but then he was 
in his early prime, ambitious, vigorous, and well-drilled 
in his profession. 


" The army at length advanced. It was an incongru 
ous mass, deficient in the great essential of success com 
petent and intelligent officers. In the absence of knowl 
edge, discipline, and, of course, efficiency, could not exist. 

" By the advice of the hermit, the queen ordered an 
other army to be raised and equipped as a reserve, to be 
used in the event of misfortune, as well for the defence 
of her capital as to take the field and retrieve any dis 
comfiture that might be sustained by the first army. 

" Prince Huron marched into the queen's territory. 
Fahliyan, Babahan, and Dorak fell. Hackmet Miram 
moved tardily, and, by his dilatoriness, the enemy ad 
vanced unresisted towards Shuster, on the road to Ispa 
han. At last, on the plains of Jenipi, the two armies 
met, and a fierce battle ensued. Superior discipline, and 
the difference in age and vigor between the opposing gen 
erals, gave the victory to Huron. Queen Zeluma's army 
was routed, and panic seized upon the entire nation. 

" Prince Huron, flushed with success, demanded a gen 
eral capitulation, and the hand of Zeluma. 

" Her timid minister advised compliance with the 
terms ; but she returned an indignant refusal. To the 
counsellor she said : 

" ' I will wed the meanest peasant in my kingdom who 
will free me from this tyrant, rather than purchase peace 
at such a hateful sacrifice ! Where is your loyalty to 
your queen ? It appears to be merged in cowardly per 
sonal considerations. Quick ! issue me a proclamation : 
That I, Zeluma, the queen of Irak Adjemi, will give my 
hand in wedlock to the man who shall successfully lead 
my armies to victory, and rescue me from the misery of 
falling into the power of Prince Huron.' 


" The old vizier believed her mad, but dared not dis 
obey ; for there was the look of her grandfather in her 
eyes, that brooked no refusal or hesitation. The procla 
mation was issued. 

" On the hills of Korazon young Asdrubal had collect 
ed five hundred brave shepherds, whom he had constantly 
drilled in arms and taught to be soldiers. The hermit, 
too, by some unaccountable means, had perfectly equipped 
these shepherds, and a finer band of warriors had never 

" The care of the flocks and herds was left to their 
women. When the hermit showed to Asdrubal the proc 
lamation of Zeluma, his countenance lighted up with joy. 

" ' Allah,' he said, ' in his infinite mercy has opened 
the floodgates of his goodness, and showers opportunity 
on my head. Father, I now feel your admirable teach 
ings were not in vain. With this knowledge, and a firm 
heart, I believe I can lead the armies of my queen to 

" ' My son, great is the responsibility ; but, as Allah is 
my judge, I do believe you are now capable. To-mor 
row, then, you shall appear as becomes the rank to which 
you aspire. I believe the queen will select you in prefer 
ence to any rival who may appear.' 

" In compliance with the tenor of the proclamation, 
the queen assembled her divan in the immense court-yard 
of the palace. A pure white canopy shielded her throne 
and its surroundings from the rays of the sun. Here she 
awaited the application of any one possessed of sufficient 
confidence to apply for the office of commander-in-chief 
of her armies. The youthful queen in silence sat. Her 
love for Asdrubal, and confidence in his devotion, had to 

202 ' NAUTILUS. 

a great extent prompted the edict, and she waited anx 
iously for him to appear, believing in her soul that he 
would come. 

" Sombre and sad the old men of the court maintained 
their places. After long delay, the grand vizier rose, 
andj making his respectful salutation, addressed the 
throne : 

" ' Most noble and puissant queen, it is evident that 
your singular proclamation (I speak with reverence) meets 
with no response. So great is the responsibility, and so 
absolutely wanting is the knowledge of military affairs in 
our unhappy country, that none dare, even with such 
wonderful inducements, to appear and attempt the task. 
Would it not be well, and comport with dignity, to dis 
solve the court ? ' 

" ' No, vizier,' replied Zeluma, firmly. s Allah will yet 
raise me up a champion ! ' 

" At this moment, from the archway, in a superb mili 
tary costume, Asdrubal entered, and made his low though 
proud obeisance. The heart of the queen bounded with 
joy. Tears of happiness sprang to her lovely eyes ; but, 
by a powerful effort, she conquered her emotions, and in 
a subdued voice asked : 

" ' Do you come, sir, in response to the proclamation ? ' 

" ' Under an able master I have long studied, impelled, 
no doubt, by Allah, the all-wise ruler of the universe. 
With his blessing and guidance will I lead your armies 
to victory.' 

" ' And I solemnly believe you will. If Heaven so 
directs, the tenor of the proclamation shall be observed. 
Grand vizier, proclaim this cavalier generalissimo of all 
our forces ! ' 


" Kneeling at Zeluma's feet, Asdrubal fervently kissed 
her hand, and said : 

" ' When next we meet, it shall be to announce my task 
as done. If not again, an early grave will prove my 
devotion. Beautiful queen, for a time, farewell ! ' 

" The court was dismissed. Zeluma hastened to her 
apartment, and, when alone, exclaimed in ecstasy : 

" ' Asdrubal, thou noble youth, the holy prophet will 
grant thee victory. Allah, Allah, smile upon ray love, 
and vouchsafe me peace and happiness ! ' 

" The shepherd-band were ordered to assemble for 
prompt departure to the scene of conflict. When Asdru 
bal made his appearance, seated on his faithful charger, 
it was the first time they had seen him in gorgeous array. 
Their admiring looks followed him, for the shepherd had 
disappeared in the brilliant soldier. 

" Asdrubal assumed command of the second army. 
He vigorously enforced discipline, and established schools 
of instruction for officers and men. The soldiers felt the 
control of a master hand. The debris of the scattered 
and defeated army was gradually collected, and distrib 
uted throughout the ranks. On several occasions instan 
ces of insubordination occurred, but they were met with 
such prompt punishment that the seeds of discontent 
were utterly destroyed. 

" Prince Huron continued to approach with his victori 
ous army towards the pass of Koh-iherd, which was near 
the centre of Zeluma's kingdom. Asdrubal had insti 
tuted such a strict patrol that no information could pass 
to the enemy by spies or traitors ; and, consequently, 
Prince Huron approached in perfect confidence, sure of 
obtaining possession of Zeluma and her kingdom. 


" Asdrubal, with the promptness of genius, had resolved 
to be first at the Louriston gorge, to which the enemy 
were advancing. By forced marches, he arrived in time 
to fortify and conceal his position. A reconnoissance 
revealed the existence of two passes some ten miles dis 
tant, one on each side of his fortified position. This was 
a happy discovery, and he determined to turn it to advan 

" Dividing the army into three divisions, he selected 
two of his best and most reliable generals to command 
the wings, reserving to himself the centre. lie knew 
that a determined assault would be made at the main pas 
sage, through which Prince Huron projected his march. 
From his pickets he received the information that the 
enemy, in fancied security, were carelessly advancing, 
and that they would probably appear early in the morn 

"At once Asdrubal dispatched the flanking corps to 
pierce the newly-discovered openings on either hand. 
His plan was, that, while the prince was attacking him in 
front, his wings were simultaneously to fall on the flanks 
of the enemy. If these attacks proved successful, the 
result would be promptly known to Asdrubal, who with 
all his forces would charge the enemy's front. Thus sur 
rounded, they would encounter overwhelming defeat. 

" At dawn of day, Asdrubal mounted his steed and 
reviewed his troops. The shepherd-battalion was held in 
reserve, to be used only when necessity called for its aid. 
The young general felt assured that on its prowess he 
could implicitly rely, should the conflict become desper 
ate or doubtful. 

" Scarcely had his forces been placed in position, 


before the head of Prince Huron's column appeared,, 
marching unconscious of the foe in their path. Brief 
was their infatuation ; for, as the first column entered the 
gorge, arrows, stones, and javelins flew like hail-storms 
into their astonished ranks. 

" Seized with a panic, they were breaking their ranks, 
when Huron, who was not deficient in personal courage, 
rallied them, and brought them back to the assault. Des 
perate was the hand-to-hand conflict, and conspicuously 
shone the bravery of each hostile general. 

" Prince Huron hurled his whole force against Asdru- 
bal, and at one moment pressed so far into the gorge, that 
it was necessary to order the shepherds to the front. The 
effect of their splendid discipline was instantaneous. The 
enemy fell back, broken and confused. At this moment 
shouts resounded on both flanks, and Asdrubal, compre 
hending the cause, made a final charge, and swept every 
thing before him. 

" The enemy's flanks were doubled up and thrown in 
confusion on their centre, and the wildest tumult reigned. 
Orders were disregarded, and in the melee our young 
general encountered the prince, and at one blow disarmed 
and wounded him. The vengeful scimetar was raised to 
exterminate the author of this unjust war, when Prince 
Huron claimed a surrender, and asked for his life. With 
holding his arm, Asdrubal delivered him to his faithful 
shepherds, with injunctions to guard him carefully, and 
slay him if he attempted to escape. 

" The defeat became a rout ; but the manoeuvring of 

the cavalry prevented the escape of the fugitives. By 

three o'clock every man of the invading army was killed, 

wounded, or captured. Thirty thousand breathed their 



last upon the bloody field, and forty thousand were taken 
as prisoners of war. Vast was the booty obtained. All 
the spoils taken from the cities which had fallen into the 
enemy's possession were recaptured. It is said that the 
prisoners and train of spoils, on its march to Ispahan, 
extended fifty miles. 

" The first information of the victory received by the 
queen was the arrival of Prince Huron as a captive. 

" Ispahan was given over to rejoicing ; but, if the inhab 
itants were elated at the glorious news, what language 
can depict the joy of Zeluma ! 

" With wonderful vigor and alacrity Asdrubal recap 
tured city after city that had previously fallen into the 
hands of Prince Huron, and eventually not an enemy 
stood on the soil of his country save as a prisoner. By 
means of his cavalry he concealed his movements from 
the enemy, and surprises were therefore of daily occur 
rence. By forced inarches he suddenly and unexpectedly 
appeared before the capital of the king of Farristan. 
ISot a moment was allowed for parley. The guards were 
surprised, and the gates fell into the hands of the army 
of Irak Adjemi. So complete became the panic, that 
feeble resistance only was offered. Asdrubal captured 
King Baman in his palace. On beholding his conqueror, 
the king was bewildered. Some horrible recollection 
seized upon his mind, and he swooned. 

" Leaving the king under guard, Asdrubal proceeded to 
the council-chamber, and there proclaimed a new govern 
ment, over which, at his own request, he placed the hermit. 

" Thus,, in four months was the kingdom of Irak 
Adjemi restored to more than its pristine grandeur, and 
its old renown in arms asain sustained. 



his army in charge of one of his gen 
erals, Asdrubal, with his shepherds as a body 
guard, repaired to the capital. His reception by 
the inhabitants was an ovation. At night the city blazed 
with illuminations, and music filled the air. The khan 
in which the conqueror tarried was surrounded by crowds 
of admirers, nor did they disperse until the beams of the 
morning sun shone upon the jubilant city. 

" At an early hour a message from the palace informed 
the young general that the queen would give him audi 

" Dressed *in sumptuous apparel, at the appointed mo 
ment he appeared at the palace-gate, and received admit 
tance to the divan. There, seated on her throne, Zeluma, 
queen of Ispahan, shone forth in majesty and beauty. 

"Asdrubal advanced, and was about to kneel, when, 
rising from her seat, the queen intercepted the movement. 
Placing both hands in his, she said : 

" ' Asdrubal, my brave general, welcome ! Welcome 
to a throne which thou hast worthily won ! ' 


" But, as they stood clasped in each other's arms, the 
old grand vizier arose, and said : 

" ( Mighty queen, your servant has a sorrowful duty to 
perform. The edict, in all its features, cannot be ful 
filled. The law forbids it ; and your coronation-oath 
binds you to respect the law.' 

" Zeluma turned her eyes upon the vizier, and, with a 
haughty voice, asked : 

" ' What law interdicts a queen from keeping sacred 
her plighted word ? ' 

" ' The law of the kingdom of Irak Adjemi, my sov 
ereign. Its language is thus : " It is decreed that no 
female member of the royal family of the kingdom of 
Irak Adjemi shall contract or fulfil a contract of mar 
riage with any one whose birth and station are not equal 
to her own." This law, O queen, you promised, on the 
day of your coronation, to maintain. That oath was 
registered in heaven, and cannot be annulled.' 

'* Zeluma became as pale as death. Turning fiercely 
on the vizier, she demanded to read the law. The old 
man tremblingly placed the volume in her grasp. She 
read the record over and over, until the words seemed to 
burn into her brain. 

" ' Holy prophet, sustain me in this hour of misery ! ' 
she said, in a flood of tears. ' My cup of joy was full, 
and now the hand of inexorable Fate has dashed it from 
my lips ! But it shall not condemn me to a life of per 
petual misery. I will resign this hated crown, since it 
must needs crush the sunlight from my heart and leave 
me in perpetual darkness.' 

" The grand vizier again bent low in trembling obei 
sance, and thus expressed himself : 


" l Great queen, hear your counsellor speak. The 
throne you cannot surrender. It is not a bauble, to be 
cast aside at will. The law placed the crown upon your 
brow that brow anointed with the holy oil from Mecca. 
Your coronation was a sacred, indissoluble marriage with 
your people, whose interests you swore to protect. A 
queen you are, and a queen you must remain.' 

" ' Oh, that I had been born a peasant, then ! Asdru- 
bal, speak for me ! My heart is not made of iron it 
breaks ! it breaks ! ' And she fell upon his bosom. 

" The young general stood like one thunderstruck. 
So high had soared his hopes, that now, to behold them 
crushed by an absurd, antiquated law, almost bereft him 
of his senses. His eyes wandered in a dreamy maze 
around the silent council-chamber. Suddenly ,a flame 
shot from them, as if the beacon of hope had again been 
lighted. At the extreme end of the audience-chamber 
the old hermit stood, viewing with a calm, unruffled coun- 
tenanee, the scene before him. 

" ' Oh, Asdrubal, beloved Asdrubal, I am doomed to 
despair ! ' moaned the distressed Zeluma. 

" A deep voice echoed through the chamber : 

" ' Daughter of a race of kings, despair not. Allah 
achbar, on him is our dependence when sorrow wrings 
the soul. The law, it is true, cannot be broken, and your 
oath is binding ; but, O Zeluma, know that, in wedding 
Asdrubal, your oath remains inviolate. You link your 
fate not with the shepherd of Korason, soldier of re 
nown though he be, but to Ilafed Kosru, king of Farris- 
tan 1 ' 

" There was a sensation in the divan, and Zeluma and 
her lover stood transfixed; while the grand vizier de- 


mancled to know on what authority an unknown hermit 
presumed to make an assertion BO bold. 

" ' On the authority of Shamnabar, once grand vizier 
to Kosru I., king of Farristan, who now stands before 
you! ' 

" A murmur of astonishment arose in the chamber ; 
for in all Persia, in times past, no vizier enjoyed a more 
exalted reputation than Shamnabar ; and fifteen years of 
seclusion had not diminished his fame. 

" * When,' he continued, ' the noble young prince who 
now stands before you was but six years old, his uncle, 
the late King Baman (for he no longer lives), intrigued at 
his brother's court, with a party of wicked adherents, to 
obtain, through the most horrible of all crimes murder 
possession of the throne. This young prince was in 
the habit of spending much of his time in my home, 
adjoining his father's palace. The beauty and prattle of 
the child won my affection. I purchased toys to amuse 
him, and, though he frequently was absent from the pal 
ace in my company, his attendants felt no alarm, or 
sought for his return. 

" ' On the fearful night when the designs of an unnat 
ural brother were to culminate, the prince, by mere acci 
dent, early in the morning fell asleep in my chamber. 
On going to arouse him and send him to the palace, his 
profound slumber checked me. I felt that I could not 
disturb him. God had placed this feeling of sympathy 
for the child in my breast, so that I might become the 
instrument of saving him. 

" * At the hourof midnight, an old friend, whose integ 
rity had been tampered with, feeling the stings of up 
braiding conscience, hurriedly and in extreme distress 


rushed into my apartment. lie aroused me from uneasy 
dreams, and, to my horror, revealed the dreadful tragedy 
that had already been enacted at the palace. The king, 
my noble master, with three sons, were murdered ; and 
the conspirators had issued orders to have this young 
prince found and slaughtered, too. " Fly from this 
spot ! " he exclaimed. " Horses are at the door. Ten 
miles distant you may conceal yourself in my country 
palace, and thither I will send you apparel and money. 
Take this most unfortunate prince with you. Let this act 
of mine palliate, as far as possible, my own crime." 

" ' The danger was too great to permit the indulgence 
of further conversation. Dressing with dispatch, and 
throwing a warm mantle over the prince, I hastily mount 
ed, and, unperceived, rode from the city. 

" ' On the following night my chests arrived, and the 
faithful servant who brought them also delivered to me a 


large amount of gold, and some of my most valuable 
jewels. A note accompanied these effects, which was 
couched in the following language : " Diligent search has 
been instituted for the prince and yourself. The con 
spirators fully believe you both to be concealed in the 
city. Take two dromedaries for your luggage, a horse 
for your personal use, and put a wide distance between 
you and this wicked usurpation. Conceal from the prince 
his real rank ; for, if words of indiscretion should be 
spoken, the assassin's arm will reach you both. Flee, 
then, with secrecy and promptness, and do not believe 
your old friend lost to all honor, though weak you may 
justly term him." 

" ' Without delay I fled. In Ispahan the dromedaries 
and horse were sold. On the adjacent hills of Korason I 


bought a shepherd's cot. There, secluded and unsuspect 
ed, I lived, teaching my young charge not as a shepherd 
lad, but in the higher branches of learning. To ward 
off the slightest suspicion, I made him tend our flocks. 
The humble shepherd he was, save in marked intelli 
gence, lofty ambition, and a soul as pure as the truth of 

" ' On the capture of the city of Shairaz by our young 
general, I was with him. The king became his prisoner. 
When the general appeared, this wicked uncle gazed at 
him with a look of horror, and exclaimed : " lias tho 
grave given up its dead ? " and, with a groan of agony, 
he swooned. 

" ' We left him contending with the grim monster who 
meets the wicked on their entrance into the dark shadows 
of eternal death. lie died, hearing the shouts of joy 
that rose upon the air from the liberated people. 

" ' I am here with all the officials of Shairaz, and, by 
the courtesy of your Majesty, would at once crown our 
prince, that he may return to liis people, their king in 

"Low bent the ministers in reverence to the young 
king of Farristan ; while Zeluma, sinking upon her 
knees, kissed the hand of the monarch of her heart. 

" On the following day, in the grand mosque of Has 
san, before all the dignitaries of Ispahan and of Farris 
tan, Asdrubal (as Zeluma persisted in calling him) was 
crowned. Immediately afterwards the royal pair were 
married, and thus the two kingdoms became united. 

" The hermit, now Grand Vizier Shamnabar, increased 
his reputation for wisdom and justice. It was owing to 
his genius and far-reaching policy that Persia became 


once again consolidated, and grew to be a mighty power 
among the nations of the earth. 

" King Kosru reigned in absolute power for many 
years. The marriage with Zeluma was blessed of Heav 
en. JSTo clouds shaded their horizon, from the rising to 
the setting sun, and in the course of time's revolution 
Persia was happily ruled by the beautiful and good the 
offspring of Asdrubal and Zeluma." 

The old man concluded, amid the deep attention of the 
audience. For a few moments after the close of the 
story perfect stillness reigned ; then murmurs of appro 
bation broke forth, and everybody moved towards the 
platform to deposit in a box the customary contribution. 
No one failed to make an, offering, if it was no greater 
than the widow's mite. During this action of the audi 
ence the patriarchal story-teller sat with his chin resting 
on his bosom, and eyes closed as if in meditation. 

So our Americans left him, and repaired to their pal 
ace, to perfect arrangements for an early departure on 
the morrow. 





j OUS AH found no difficulty in obtaining posses 
sion of a loaded canjiah for the passage of the 
gentlemen to Fouah. She was to start at day 
light. Early dawn found the party on board, making 
themselves comfortable for the voyage back to canal 
Mahmoudie. The breeze blew lightly, but the swift cur 
rent floated them rapidly towards their destination. 
Gradually the domes and minarets of " Cairo the Mag 
nificent " faded from view ; but it was not until night 
that the immortal Pyramids disappeared under the south 
ern horizon. 

Before daylight they arrived at tbe mouth of the canal. 
A boat was on the eve of leaving for Alexandria, and 
immediately the travellers reembarked. Midnight brought 
the journey to an end. Remaining on board for the 
night, the frigate was not reached until seven o'clock on 
the following morning. At meridian the ship was out 
side the harbor, under full sail, and making splendid time 
to the northward and westward. 

Nine days brought Mount Toro in sight, and in a few 
hours, with a brisk Levanter, the ship entered and was 
moored in old Port Mahon. Mail-bags were brought on 

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board, and letters distributed and perused. There were 
tears shed by some over black-sealed envelopes, and joy 
ous exclamations by those whose tidings were of a hap 
pier character. 

The married officer receives his mail in fear and trem 
bling. Many months may have elapsed since domestic 
information has reached him, and in that interval of time 
his anxious mind dwells on the uncertainty of earthly 
joys, and the melancholy changes that may have contract 
ed his family circle. 

The reefer has no responsibility. His elastic heart 
never indulges in sad reveries. To him the cares of life 
have no reality. His jocund temperament rides him like 
a bubble on the waves of youth to that ocean of ma 
turity, where the struggles of life bring storms and hur 
ricanes by the score. 

The duty of the ship being paramount to every per 
sonal consideration, all hands were soon busily engaged 
in unbending sails, sending down spars, breaking out the 
hold, and other nautical disruptions incidental to an over 
hauling and refittino; for the next cruise. 

o o 

Shortly before the arrival of the Nautilus at Port 
Mahon, a store-ship with provisions for the squadron 
arrived. As she was to return to New York in a few 
days, the opportunity was seized by the commodore to 
send the sick and invalided of the squadron home in 
her ; and Mr. Randal was placed in charge, with instruc 
tions to report to the Department on his arrival in New 

The schooner SJiarJt was also ordered home by the 
Department ; and those young gentlemen whose proba 
tionary service had expired were to take passage and 

276 NATTTltrS. 

report for examination before the official board. Paul 
Forbes and Midshipman Benton were among the number. 

The captain of the schooner Shark had for some time 
past failed in health. A medical survey became neces 
sary, and it resulted in his being invalided, and ordered 
to take passage home in the store-ship. Lieutenant Wai- 
ford, as the senior lieutenant on the station, was placed in 
command of the Shark. Paul was to continue his duties- 
as aid to the commodore until the schooner was reported 
ready for her winter return to the coast of America. 

The breaking up of pleasant and affectionate associa 
tions cast its shadow over the inmates of the steerage. 


Gathering for the last time around the old white-oak 
table which for nearly two years had been the rallying- 
spot for all their mirth and good fellowship, they realized 
at last how dear they had all become to each other. 

The night before Randal was to sail in the store-ship, a 
few of his more intimate friends invited him to partake 
of a farewell supper. The spread was to come off at the 
house of Catchio, that gastronomic wonder of Port 
Mahon, whose cuisine had been the theme of praise by 
countless midshipmen for the previous thirty years. 

" Who," exclaimed Paul, in a fervor of anticipation, 
" has visited tin's naval depot of the American squadron, 
and can ever forget Catchio and his unrivalled suppers ? 
And when far away at sea, masticating the salt horse of 
Uncle Sam's unsavory ration, who is there that yearns not 
for the date-fish, the partridges, and fresh eggs of the 
prince of caterers ? " 

Incomparable Johnnie ! The writer even now, after 
ttie lapse of years, can recall thy round and cheery figure, 
begirt with apron pure and white as the snowflakes of 

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thy native Andalusia, thy cuisine tricot gracefully ex 
tended like a marshal's baton, whilst thou enumeratest 
the contents of thy unrivalled larder. Those were happy 
days when Johnnie was in his prime, and life to the 
American middies was in its rosy morn. 

Paying parting visits to the fair senoritas of Mahon 
consumed the early portion of the evening. At nine 
o'clock the party assembled in the billiard-room, expect 
ing to wind up w,ith this universal game ; but the tables 
being engaged, all hands partook of a glass of " monkey 
soup " (that emanation of Johnnie's genius, which Byron 
should have tasted and immortalized), and repaired to a 
room in the rear, " to observe," as Randal said, " the 
mutations of that fickle goddess ' Fortuna,' the child of 
Jupiter Eleatherius." 

A crowd was here assembled around a large table cov 
ered with green baize. Occupying the back seat, with 
the cards which he manipulated with gingerly affectation, 
behold Tom Valze ! Poverty had pulled down the 
hidalgo-pride of his once wealthy family, and " Tom the 
Dandy," who had strutted his brief hour amid the salons 
of aristocracy, found his level at last as conductor of a 

To do him justice, in spite of this Lucifer-like fall, 
Tom continued to retain the Beau-Brummel polish that 
had characterized his early career. Scrupulously neat in 
person, mild and insinuating in manner, Tom " cleaned 
you out " with ease and grace, his friendly smile always 
checking the angry ejaculation ready to spring from your 
lips under the baneful influence of misfortune. 

Commissioned officers, midshipmen, army officers, and 
citizens eagerly watched the cards, sometimes calling out 


" spero " for a pause to place their bets. The stakes were 
generally small, but the -winnings of the bank, in the 
aggregate, made the game profitable, and Tom Valze was 
thus enabled to indulge his taste for personal decoration, 
and live in comfort. 

There was nothing in this gambling-room to interest 
observers, save the eccentricities of a better, who, many 
years before, had received the sobriquet of "Mala For- 
tuna" For twenty-eight years this spbriquet had ad 
hered to him, until his fame and name at monte had 
become historical. lie was small, thin, and cadaverous ; 
his nose was hooked, and liis visage was sharp and lugu 
brious. For thirty years he had been a resident aide-de 
camp of the governor, on a small stipend of twenty-four 
dollars per month, which he vainly strove to increase 
by nightly visits to the " Tiger." Though constantly 
" scratched," his parsimonious greed increased his passion 
for play. At this time he was over sixty-five years old. 
Regularly, at nine P.M., he entered the saloon of " For- 
tuna." For some moments he would stand watching the 
run of the cards, biting his lips, and thumping his breast 
when a prediction failed. At length, nervously taking 
out his slim purse, containing probably three " pesaters " 
(sixty cents), he would select a five-cent piece. Devotedly 
crossing himself and uttering a paternoster, the coin 
would be placed on his favorite card, generally the seven, 
cavalio, or ace. While the cards were running, the ex 
pression of his countenance defied analysis. It was a 
foretaste of purgatory. lie wins, perhaps. The enor 
mous bet is clutched with eagerness. The high-wrought 
muscles of his face are relaxed, and, with a grin, he mut 
ters, "uono cavalio ! " The ace is placed on the table. 

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Struggling through the crowd, his trembling hand again 
deposits a five-cent piece, with the same accompaniment 
of crossing and prayers. He loses. Stamping his feet, 
tearing his hair, and beating his breast, out bursts the 
malediction so familiar for years to the votaries of the 
gambling-hell : "Mala, fortuna ! Mala fortuna ! " It 
was impossible for the assembly to repress their smiles of 
amusement, though the expletive was anticipated. Thus, 
up to midnight old "Mala fortuna " indulged in his cus 
tomary execrations, at which time he departed, mutter 
ing, as he passed out of the door, " M-a-la for-tu-na ! 
caraniba ! " 

In a suppressed whisper, a muchacha announced that 
the banquet was on the table ; and our -party bade the 
" Tiger " and his keeper, the oily Tom, good-night, none 
having suffered from a prudent conflict with the renowned 

In the supper-room, with a napkin on his arm and a 
smile of ineffable complacency on his countenance, stood 
the gastronomic monarch, welcoming his hungry subjects 
to his board. 

" Gentlemen, dere is de porker-staker, de partridger, 
de woodum-cocker, de heggs, de toaster, -de caffa, de 
dater-faher ! What more you want, eh ? " And he 
laughed a jolly laugh of triumph, -as if he challenged 
complaint or further demands on his artistic skill. 

With marvellous avidity the gentlemen applied them 
selves to the extermination of the viands. When the vic 
tory was won, like so many Alexanders, they sighed to 
think there was nothing more for subjugation. 

" Ah 1 " groaned Randal, " in all the regrets rending 
my aching heart on leaving Port Mahon, there is no sor- 


row so afflicting as that I experience, beloved Johnnie, in 
bidding you farewell. When you are about to shuffle off 
this mortal coil, and return to that paradise of cooks from 
whence you came as a special loan to suffering humanity, 
send for me, that I may eat your exit fry with friendly 
sigh, and perform the last obsequies over your earthly 
remains, by rearing with affectionate solicitude a mauso 
leum as high as Toro's mountain, formed from the shells 
of the date-fish your genius has excoriated. As a pilot- 
beacon, it shall be so placed that, in ages to come, the 
navigator in these seas may exclaim, ' Cleopatra has her 
needle, Pompey his pillar, Titus his arch of triumph, and 
Catchio the Great his monument ! ' Requiescat in pace, 
as the learned have it. Fellows, I'm too full of feel 
ing to give utterance to the excess of sentiment that 
rides me down like a main-tack 1 \Ve will for the last 
time together on this cruise, at least gladden the inner 
man, and let the lips smile while the heart may ache, by 
drowning all our sorrows in a bowl of Johnnie's ever-to- 
be-remembered and ever-sighed-for ' monkey soup." ' 

"You shall have him, Misser Eandal," said the flat 
tered Catchio. " And I hope, sir, dat dis is not de las-um 
time I shall have much pleasure in serving a caballero los 
guiero mucko" 

This was the longest speech mortal man ever heard the 
hero of the cuisine utter. It was appreciated. 





|T break of day the sick under Randal's charge 
struggled on the quarter-deck of the store-ship, 
and, as the bark passed the squadron, received 
three hearty cheers expressive of good-will. The schoon 
er Shark has the cornet at the fore, " all boats and 
officers on board ; " friends have separated, and some 
eyes are dim. Even the stoutest of the reefers feel that 
it is .not unmanly to shed a tear at parting with their old 

" Walk away with the deck-tackle, and be d d to 
you ! Tern/pus fugit, as the learned have it," was the 
order from abaft. 

" ' Billy Blowhard ' has begun his furrin lingo, boys, 
and you'd better bend your backs and walk away!" 
growled an old forecastle-man whose time had expired, 
and who was now bound home to be discharged. 

Receiving the usual cheers as a parting salutation, the 
little schooner glided out of the quiet waters of the har 
bor, and plunged into the heavy sea. 

Paul had been much grieved and disappointed, on 
arriving at Port Mahon, to find no response to his last 
letters to the Malaga sisters. Painful rumors regarding 
the arbitrary arrests and execution of Spanish officials on 


mere suspicion had readied him. Many names were 
mentioned, but not that of General O . 

As no news is good news, Paul hoped for the best ; but 
the reperusal of Carmina's last letter again awakened 
anxiety, and he longed to reach Gibraltar, where the 
schooner would tarry for a short period, hoping there to 
receive answers to his recent epistles. The wind for a 
few days blew moderately, but, gradually hauling ahead, 
raised an unusually heavy swell, which tossed the little 
craft like a cork upon its restless bosom. On the port- 
tack they headed for the coast of Spain, which was sight 
ed at nine A.M. Nearing it, the cathedral towers and 
clustering buildings indicated a city which the master 
pronounced to be Malaga. 

Hoping to get a favorable slant by standing close into 
the land, the schooner's direction was riot changed sea 
ward. At three P.M. the harbor of Malaga opened fully 
to view, only one mile distant. It then fell calm, and in 
a monstrous sea the little craft rolled annoyingly, per 
fectly helpless, without one breath of air to keep her 
under control. 

Paul was looking over the starboard quarter with a 
spy-glass, endeavoring to pierce the distance and see if 
there was any familiar appearance about the palace. His 
earnest gaze discovered nothing, and with a sigh he 
turned from the examination. 

" Cui bono, as the learned have it. There is no use 
in looking, Mr. Forbes. Small vessels like GUI'S rarely 
attract the attention of fair senoritas. Are you acquaint 
ed with any of the ladies of Malaga ? " 

"Yes, sir. When last here, I parted with two dear 
friends, lovely young girls, the daughters of Governor 


O . Their last letters were full of sad forebodings, 

originating from the distracted state of the country." 

" Ahem ! so you keep the fire burning by way of cor 
respondence, when absent ? Hie et ubique, as the learned 
have it. Go where we will, d n me if there is not some 
one who is always spooney ! Now, Mr. Forbes, you may 
talk of two lovely girls as much as you please ; but I'm 
too old a salt to be humbugged out of the opinion that 
there is one particular pair of bright eyes peeping in the 
window of your reefer-heart." 

" No, sir ; those friends are sisters, beautiful and inter 
esting ; but my affection is the same for both." 

" Gratis dictum, as the learned have it. I've seen that 
kind of weakness before. Just prior to joining this 
squadron, I was on duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 
Attached to the receiving-ship belonging to the vessel 
was a passed midshipman who also made the acquaint 
ance of two lovely sisters. It ripened into a love for 
both, and both, it appeared, were in love with our Mag 
nus Apollo, who non conscire sibi, as the learned have it, 
continued his attentions, first thinking that Jane was his 
decided weakness ; but when blooming, blushing Lucy 
hove in sight, he clewed up and anchored by her side. 
Feeling a necessity for mooring with an open hawse to 
the piano, Jane agitated the ivory, and from that quarter 
a hurricane of charms, or, as his messmates said, heavy 
squalls, burst upon him, making his anchor drag. At 
midnight, when he came on board, the officer of the 
watch became his confidant, and in his sleeve enjoyed a 
laugh at the weakness exhibited by ' Admiral Dandelo '- 
for such was his sobriquet among the officers. One night 
it was Jane, the next Lucy. If he paid attention to 


Lucy, Jane took to her couch, and the doctor was sent 
for, and vice versa. Poor Dandelo vibrated for some 
time between the sisters. He could not, in our country, 
wed both ; so the midshipmen suggested that he should 
turn Turk, migrate to Constantinople, and there open a 
harem. Finally, in deep despair, and at the suggestion 
of a messmate, he spun a teetotum, and Lucy won. Jane 
went into hysterics and took to her bed talked of a con 
vent the silent tomb, and all that sentimental lingo. 
Dandelo was in despair ; his heart trembled with misgiv 
ings. Matters had proceeded too far for the entry of a 
nolle prosegui, as the learned have it ; and his messmates, 
hasting on the teetotum results, Lucy became his bride. 
I attended the party. Jane was radiant in not borrowed, 
but natural, charms ; and by the Lord, sir, the amount of 
grub that disconsolate damsel stowed away would have 
astonished Apicius. So the furore of her passion sim 
mered into sisterly affection. Mr. Forbes, take woman 
singly or in doublets, and d n me, sir, if they will not 
rake you fore and aft, until necessity compels one to 
strike his colors ! Sisterly affection ! Whew ! danger 
ous, sir, I tell you ! Nusquam tuta fides, as the learned 
have it. 

" See how the barometer stands. I do not like this 
heavy swell ; and those cirro stratus clouds are now run 
ning into mackerel-tails in rather an ominous manner." 

Paul reported the barometer to be falling quite rapidly. 

" Well, sir, we are close in with Malaga, and under the 
lee of its breakwater a gale can be rode out free from 
wear and tear of rigging and canvas. Mr. Jones, get out 
and man the sweeps, sir." 

The delight of Paul on hearing these orders cannot be 

NAtlTILTTS. 285 

expressed. Shortly he would embrace his two lovely 
friends, dispel their fears, and bring smiles to gladden 
their hearts. 

The little schooner at once felt the influence of twenty 
sweeps, and rode rapidly over the undulating seas towards 
the port, now less than a mile distant. The harbor was 
soon entered and the vessel moored. 

The moment all hands were piped down, Paul ob 
tained permission to visit the shore. With a small bag in 
hand, as it was his custom to carry comb and brush, and 
tarry the night at the governor's, he hurried with eager 
ness to the palace. On arriving at the gate, to his aston 
ishment, he found it closed. Knocking, a sentinel inside 
inquired the object of his visit. 

" To see General O ." 

" Begone ! He's dead," replied the soldier, crustily. 

Paul leaned against the gate, overcome with anguish. 

General O dead ! the kind father and honorable, 

high-toned soldier dead ! It seemed impossible. And 
yet, the harsh, angry tone of the * announcement was un 
mistakable. It sounded, too, of animosity. Turning 
from the palace, which became in an instant an object of 
detestation, he hastened to the American consul, and 
from him learned that just four weeks before, at day 
light in the morning, General O was dragged from 

his chamber and shot in the court-yard, by a peremptory 
order of the Government. He was not granted time to 
shrive, to see and bless his daughters, but condemned to 
meet his death ere the sun smiled upon this great wide 
world of joy and sorrow. No explanations were made. 
The people heard of the execution, and indulged in un 
availing grief. His family the new commandant ruth- 


lessly ejected from the palace ; and those who should 
have sheltered, feared to do so lest the brand of suspicion 
might light on them also. 

The consul could give the distressed midshipman no 
information about the ladies. He only remarked, that 
such general distrust and suspicion existed throughout the 
unhappy land, that no official life was safe. No one waa 
free from the cruelty of the despotic government of Isa 
bella II. 

Poor Paul ! his misery had culminated. Where were 
now his dear friends, his adopted sisters ? No one knew. 
He was resolved to find them, if it became necessary to 
ransack every house in Malaga. 

With the assistance of the kind consul, detectives were 
called into requisition and promised liberal rewards to 
find the ladies before the next day. Paul himself ex 
plored the streets, gazing at every window with a nerv 
ous, anxious expression, that sometimes caused him per 
sonal annoyance ; but unfalteringly he continued his 
search. At last night- closed in darkness, and, reluc 
tantly, for the time he abandoned the search. 

Returning to the consul's, no news awaited him there, 
and his anguish became extreme. To sleep was impossi 
ble ; the torture of his mind would not permit repose. 
The wind howled around his chamber, and added to the 
gloominess of his feelings. 

At midnight one of the detectives notified him that he 
was on the trail, and hoped in the morning to conduct 
him to the senoritas. 

The night passed wretchedly with the midshipman. 
At length morning dawned, and, hastily descending from 
his chamber, Paul awaited with impatience the arrival of 


the detective. About seven o'clock the man came in, and 
informed him that he had discovered the abode of the 
girls, and would lead him to it instantly. Hastily follow 
ing him, Paul was taken to a common-looking house in a 
questionable quarter of the city. 

" There ! " said the conductor, " the ladies are in that 
hacienda. They were domiciled only yesterday. They 
had better have died than have passed its wicked portal." 
Paul scarcely heard him. Without knocking, he dashed 
in, shouting : 

" Carmina ! Zarah ! Dear girls, it is Paul, your 
brother, that calls ! " 

A shriek, not of despair, but of hysteric joy, was heard 
in one of the rooms above. A door burst open, and 
down the stairway came both sisters, pale and emaciated. 
They rushed into Paul's open arms, and fell crying upon 
his bosom. It was some moments before they could com 
mand utterance, and then they overwhelmed him with 
expressions of gratitude and love. 

" Oh, Paul, our prayers have been heard ! The Holy 
Virgin has sent you to our rescue, and in time to save us, 
thank God ! thank God ! Take us away quickly from 
this horrible place ! The air is pollution ! " 

" Procure your wardrobe, and we will at once depart," 
said Paul. 

In a few moments the sisters were out of the house, 
escorted carefully and tenderly by their young hero. 

"Walk fast, Zarah!" said Carmina. "If that old 
woman returns and sees us fleeing, she will endeavor to 
detain us on some wicked plea. Let us hasten ! " 

Almost in silence Paul conveyed them to the Hotel 
Britannique, kept by an Englishman, at which house the 


officers of the frigate had been in the habit of sojourn 
ing. Paul took them into the ladies' parlor. The pro 
prietor appeared to be greatly displeased. Calling the 
midshipman aside, he said : 

" I keep a respectable 'ouse, sir, and cannot allow any 
rampaging like this. You must take your cattle else 

Paul could scarcely control his indignation. A mo 
ment's reflection, however, convinced him appearances 
were rather peculiar. So, curbing his anger, he replied : 

" I know that you keep a respectable house, and for 
that reason I have brought these poor orphan girls, daugh 
ters of the late murdered General O , here for pro 
tection, having rescued them from impending ruin. My 
purposes, sir, are honorable and humane. As you are a 
man, I claim for them kind and respectful treatment, 
such as the unfortunate have a right to expect." 

" I'm an Englishman, sir, and would not wrong a 

woman. General O I 'ighly respected, and, if they 

are 'is daughters poor things ! it is not in my 'otel 
'ospitality shall be wanting ! " 

The sisters were speedily ushered into a chamber. 
Paul begged them to seek some repose while he reported 
on board, promising to return at once for then* protection. 

The storm still continued violent, but, as there was a 
gang-board from the schooner to the mole, Paul found no 
difficulty in reaching the deck. He immediately repaired 
to the cabin, and explained the distressing cause of his 
failing to report on board at daylight. The commander 
listened attentively, and seemed much moved by the 

"Mr. Forbes, in your deeds esto jperpetua, as the 


learned have it. I have always considered you a most 
worthy young gentleman, but this conduct pleases me 
beyond measure. You shall have all the time that can 
be given for the completion of your charitable and praise 
worthy intentions. Have these poor girls no relatives to 
whom they can be sent ? " 

" Yes, sir ; they have an aunt in Andalusia, who will 
be but too happy to receive them. As yet, no explana 
tions or plans for the* future have been made. They were 
too much excited and hysterical to enter into conversa 
tion ; so I left them in their chamber, to recover their 

" You are right, sir. Now, my suggestion is, that these 
ladies be sent in the diligence to their aunt immediately, 
in order that you may see them off ; for, you know, when 
this gale abates, I must depart. Permit me, Mr. Forbes, 
to aid you with my purse. It is not a long one, but never 
too short to do its duty under such distressing circum 

Paul could not refuse the offer of the warm-hearted 
captain, who, strange to say, appeared too much affected 
to indulge in a quotation. 

Much feeling was expressed by the officers of the ves 
sel, nearly all of whom had known the ladies and enjoyed 
the hospitality of their father. Funds accumulated even 
beyond what Paul had deemed sufficient ; so, thus forti 
fied, he started for the hotel. 

"While passing through the street, a pale, sickly-looking 
young woman gazed earnestly upon him for a few sec 
onds, then rushing forward, exclaimed, in broken Eng 
lish : 

" Oh, Mr. Forbes, I'm so glad so glad to meet you ! 


Do tell me where my dear young ladies are ! Do you 
not remember me ? I'm Catlena, their maid." 

The poor girl was worn, wasted, and changed. It was 
hardly possible that any former acquaintance should 
remember the rosy-cheeked, buxom lassie of a few 
months ago. Paul soon recalled her to mind, and felt 
and expressed much pleasure at the meeting. Indeed, 
nothing could be more opportune. When he informed 
Catlena the ladies were safe, after long suffering and 
great sorrow, she wept, and exclaimed : 

" Oh, how I thank you for this news ! It lifts a terri 
ble load from my mind. Since the mournful event that 
cast them friendless from the palace, severe sickness, 
brought on by exposure in endeavoring to find them, has 
confined me to my bed. Yesterday, for the first time in 
nearly one month, I have been able to leave my room. 
To-day my inquiries have been renewed. Your appear 
ance before me seemed directed by the Holy Mother ; 
and now I shall soon clasp my dear young ladies to my 
heart again ! " 

Paul asked her to go with him at once to the hotel. 
She replied that her absence froni them would be brief. 
A duty connected with their interest required her atten 
tion for a short time. She parted hurriedly from Paul, 
and he proceeded to the hotel. 

On arriving, the now polite and smiling landlord ush 
ered him into a private parlor, where Carmina and Zarah 
awaited his return. 





HOUGH pale and sorrow-stricken, the counte 
nances of the sisters were more composed. Sa 
luting Paul affectionately and with endearing 
language, these suffering creatures seated themselves on 
either side of him. Carmina related with wonderful 
self-control the unhappy events that had darkened their" 
lives since their last meeting. 

"Now, dear, true-hearted Paul, I feel that it is but 
proper you should hear our history. It is a painful story. 
The blush of false shame might mantle the cheeks of 
many maidens in unveiling scenes that modesty would 
prompt them to pass untold. Duty to myself and Zarah 
demands that to you I should rise superior to ordinary 
feminine weakness, and explain all, without reserve." 

" Dear Carmina," said Paul, " do not distress yourself 
with the painful recital. Know that I am unable to con 
ceive an idea inconsistent with the saintly purity of Zarah 
and yourself." 

" Then listen, Paul," replied Carmina. " Some time 
after your departure, our dear, murdered father (I can 
mention his name now, my brother, without watering it 


with a tear the fountain is dry), became gloomy and 
silent. "We questioned him affectionately. The cloud 
would pass from his noble brow when he saw our anxiety, 
and the old, sweet smile return. Answering, with an 
effort to be cheerful, he would say : 

" l Alas, my daughters, poor Spain is torn asunder with 
this horrible civil war ! It is sowing dragon-seed, breed 
ing distrust and suspicion, assailing the most honorable in 
the land. The knowledge that I have not passed un 
scathed, often conjures the shadows your smiles so soon 

" While strictly loyal, our father's kind heart could 
never close its portals against the miserable and unfortu 
nate. His mercy seasoned justice. These heaven-born 
attributes were used against him by the jealous and un 
scrupulous sycophants of a sanguinary power. My 
father, like every man of eminence, was not without his 
enemies. Firm in integrity, abhorring a mean or cow 
ardly act, his lofty soul looked down upon the viper-herd 
with a scorn that made them hate though fear him. His 
destruction became their object. "With a corrupt court it 
was no Herculean task to damn a conservative gentleman 
with secret charges of disloyalty. The plot was well ma 
tured. Circumstances aided in their infamous scheme. 
The wife of a Carlist general, in her innocent mountain 
home, was captured, brought to Malaga, and by the mili 
tary commandant incarcerated in a horrible dungeon. 

" The act being irregular, and disrespectful to the gov 
ernor, my father, on hearing of it, arrested the officer and 
liberated the lady. l^ay, more ; as she was in delicate 
health, and fast fading from her unhappy life, he pro 
vided comfortable quarters, and had her treated as if the 


same God had created us all human beings. The mine 
was sprung, and our father was accused of being a trai 
tor. The evidence, adroitly concocted, caused the issuing 
of an order from Madrid that must forever disgrace the 
throne of Isabella. An officer of unblemished character 
was condemned to death on ex parte evidence. Nay, 
more : the execution of the infamous edict was intrusted 
to the commandant, who had been privately restored to 

" You have heard with what ruthless barbarity he per 
formed his wicked mission. "Without foreknowledge, at 
break of day torn from his chamber, deprived of a con 
fessor, or the consolation of bidding his lone and wretched 
daughters a last farewell, our father died. We reached 
the court-yard window to hear the volley and see this 
noble parent prostrate on the ground. We did not swoon, 
but started, with shrieks of anguish, to receive his last 
sigh. Rudely were we forced back. We were ordered 
to leave the palace without a moment's delay. A wild 
despair seemed to possess us both. Like frenzied beings 
we rushed to our chamber. The doors were open, and 
our trunks, with clothes from the open wardrobe, had dis 
appeared. From one of the bureaus, the key of which 
was suspended round my neck, I obtained a small purse 
of money and some jewelry. We left the accursed spot, 
I know not how. 

" We obtained a volante, and, ordering the driver to 
take us to a fair-weather friend, we suffered the first pang 
of extreme mortification, and the knowledge of our 
utterly desolate condition. The family who had been the 
recipients of favors and courtesy from our dear father, 
1 regretted their inability, under the political aspect of 


the case, to entertain us,' orphans and outcasts as we 
were. So we passed on, from one old friend to another, 
meeting with the same cowardly reception. 

" Paul, in my indignant despair I even laughed ; but it 
was the laugh from a heart that had become in a few 
brief hours so hardened that I could not shed a tear. 

" Our driver, low-born though he was, possessed some 
of the milk of human kindness. Seeing our distress, he 
informed us of a quiet, retired boarding-house, where the 
people would receive us without question. 

" There necessity drove us. The house was barely 
decent in its exterior. Alas, gilded palaces and palatial 
mansions had rejected us, and a shelter, however humble, 
became welcome to such outcasts as we were. 

" The keeper, a stout, stern-looking matron, received 
us, and when we asked if she could give us accommoda 
tion, she answered brusquely : 

" ' Yes, if you can pay. I want one week in advance.' 

" The room to which we were shown was not seduc 
tive ; but we were wretched, miserable, and exhausted. 
Her terms were complied with, and when in the solitude 
of this humble apartment, the pent-up ocean of grief 
burst its bonds. We wept bitter, bitter tears, for such 
sorrow as ours rarely comes to human hearts. 

" On the following day Zarah became seriously ill so 
ill that medical attendance had to be called in. For 
weeks the poor child lay suspended between life and 
death. My misery and anxiety, thus increased, became 
almost insupportable. "What with the insolence and ex 
actions of our unamiable landlady, to say nothing of the 
thieving propensity of a hired nurse, the slender purse 
we had depended upon for aid in joining our aunt in 


Andalusia melted down to but a few gold pieces of the 
smallest denomination. Some of our jewelry had been 
purloined, but that which remained would, if properly 
disposed of, bring sufficient to pay the diligence fare. 
Though we wrote to our aunt the moment an abiding- 
place was found, yet no answer came arising, no doubt, 
from the unsettled state of the country. 

" At last Zarah was convalescent, and, for the first time 
in nearly one month, we were enabled to enjoy the fresh 
air under a large fig-tree in the front yard. On our first 
indulgence in this luxury a terrible misfortune occurred : 
the jewelry on which our hopes depended for rescue from 
our present miserable condition, was stolen. When the 
landlady was informed of it, and requested to institute 
some proper search, her insolence became excessive nay, 
brutal. She informed us that her patience was exhausted 
with two troublesome, lazy, would-be ladies, who, in her 
opinion, were no better than they should be. She de 
manded the amount of her bill. It emptied our purse, 
and we were absolutely paupers. 

" Seated, under the shade of the friendly tree, the 
abject misery of our condition could hardly be realized. 
What to do we knew not, but we prayed for death to 
relieve us. While indulging in excessive grief, an old 
lady passed several times along the street, on each occa 
sion eying us with an expression of sympathy and mater 
nal kindness. Finally she approached, saying : 

" ' Excuse me, my dear children ; are you not the 
daughters of the late dear, good General O ? ' 

" Between our sobs we answered in the affirmative. 
Fondly embracing first one and then the other, she ex 
pressed her sympathy and affection in delicate terms so 


different from the harshness manifested to us during the 
last month, that we were quite overcome. 
" ' Poor, unfortunate children ! for the last three weeks 
I have been searching all Malaga to find and rescue you 
from trouble and sorrow. Your late father upon one 
occasion befriended me, and saved me from great misery. 
I owe him a debt of gratitude that never can be fully 
repaid. " You must permit me, then, my darlings, to so 
befriend his daughters that the vast debt I acknowledge 
to be mine may be partially cancelled. You must both 
come to my house, and remain until I can convey a mes 
sage to your aunt, and place you safely in her charge. 
Come, sweet girls, your sojourn here is irksome ! Bring 
the slight wardrobe ypu possess, and at once accompany 
me. The quiet, peaceful home to which I will lead you 
is not far distant. Do not hesitate. Your father, in his 
noble generosity, saved me from want ; he made a liberal 
investment, and it is but just his poor orphan children 
should draw the interest.' 

" The woman's eyes were suffused with tears when 
mentioning our dear parent's name. Her look was good 
and benevolent. In our utter destitution, this relief 
seemed like an act of Providence. We accepted, and, 
without a word to our insolent landlady, departed. 

" A brief Walk brought us to the habitation where you 
found us, dear Paul. Showing Zarah and myself into a 
small parlor, refreshments were produced, of which we 
partook. We declined the wine she pressingly urged us 
to indulge in, as a tonic beneficial to the delicate state of 
our health. We were conducted to a pleasant bed-room, 
and left alone. 

*' Worn out by the vicissitudes of our painful life, we 


sought a slight repose, that glided into profound slumber. 
From this sleep we were aroused by a knock at our bed 
room door. I opened it, and our new friend entered. In 
her hand she held a large bundle. Placing it on the 
table, she turned to me, and said : 

" ' Come, my dears ; you must get up and dress your 
selves nicely. Here are clothes that will fit you. A 
number of friends are to spend the evening here, and I 
wish you to dry these tears, and assist me in entertaining 

" Quite astonished, I replied : 

" ' My good friend, you really must excuse us ! Our 
mental as well as physical condition forbids our appear 
ing in company.' 

" ' Mental and physical humbug ! You do not expect 
to be lugging your dead with you forever? Come, all 
this is sheer nonsense ! Two such pretty girls must not 
hide their lights under a bushel. Up and dress, and 
come down ! ' 

" The tone of her voice, and her look, were so different 
from her former manner, that a vague feeling of terror 
came over us. Commanding myself to the best of my 
ability, I answered, with assumed firmness : 

" ( Excuse us. If you mean well, and have not forgot 
ten the interest due on a debt of gratitude, permit us to 
remain quietly in this apartment, for we cannot and will 
not join your friends.' 

" Flaunting out of the room, in undisguised rage she 
muttered some half -understood threats, and we were once 
more left alone. Zarah sprang to the door, locked, bolt 
ed, and barricaded it ; then, throwing herself into my 
arms, exclaimed in anguish : 


" ' Oh, sister, sister 1 for what are we reserved ? This 
is a wicked woman. She has, through the complicity of 
our late landlady, enticed us here. "We must get away. 
Better die in the public highway than breathe the air of 
pollution ! ' 

" Despair reduced us to calmness, and we determined 
to escape on the morrow, with the purpose of begging 
our way on foot to Andalusia. 

" It was evident that company had assembled below. 
Many loud and jarring voices could be heard as the hours 
of horrible suspense rolled on, intermingled with laugh 
ter, siriging, and blasphemous language. 

" Earnestly we prayed to Heaven for relief and rescue. 
On several occasions our door was attempted, but the bolt 
and barricade resisted the drunken effort to force it. 
Once during the awful night the woman who had played 
the pious, grateful Christian, and enticed us to her den, 
tumbled, in a beastly state of intoxication, against our 
door, and indulged in fearful, infamous threats. 

" Eventually, the wine, or spirits, overcame the party, 
and silence reigned. Clasped in each other's arms, we 
passed a night of terrible anxiety and alarm. Morning 
came. It was some time before any movements below 
were heard. 

" About seven o'clock the vile old wretch knocked at 
our door, and in coarse, vulgar language, proclaimed that 
hereafter her orders must be complied with. She would 
not put up with false delicacy or affected nonsense. She 
then announced her intention of going to market, and, 
on returning, expected to find us in the parlor, agreeable, 
and ready to enjoy life as she might direct. It was evi 
dent that she was still under the influence of her night's 


indulgence ; for she staggered, and left the house, as you 
know, without locking the door or taking the key with 

" Praying to the Holy Mother for strength and direc 
tion, we were about to go forth and seek the charity of 
this heartless world, when your loving voice called, as if 
from Paradise. God had not deserted us, praised be His 
holy name ! " 

The sad history ended, Carmina and Zarah rested their 
heads on Paul's shoulders. They had wept their bitter 
teare, and, now that their night of sadness was passing 
away under the bright sun of friendship and brotherly 
protection, smiles, like soft moonlight through the mid 
night clouds, brought back to Paul's delighted sight their 
looks of old. 

Suddenly remembering a forgotten message, he ex 
claimed : 

" "Why, my pets, I have neglected to tell you that, while 
on my way to the hotel, I met your maid Catlena. She 
w r as nearly frantic about you. The poor girl has been 
desperately ill, and looks more like a ghost than her for 
mer self. She promised to be here very soon, having first 
to attend to some business which concerns you both." 

" Poor Catlena ! She did not appear on that sad morn 
ing. Something must have happened to keep the true 
girl from us." 

At this moment there was a bustle in the passage. 

" Mind how you handle those chests, you careless louts, 
you ! They belong to my young ladies, and you shall not 
harm them. There put them down, and begone ! " 

Paul opened the door. With a wild cry of delight 
the fond girl rushed in. First embracing Carmina and 


then Zarah, she uttered endearing words between her 

When she had sufficiently recovered her composure, 
she said : 

" And now, my darling ones, let me tell yon how it 
came to pass that on that horrible morning you did not 
see me. Jacobi you might as well know it right out 
was my sweetheart. Afore day, when the soldiers came 
to murder my blessed master, Jacobi had to let them into 
the palace, and the corporal, who was a friend of his, told 
him what they had come for. Poor fellow ! he liked to 
have fainted ; but, like a sensible man, Jacobi comes to 
my room-door, and knocks. I gets up, and he asks me to 
pardon his impudence, and quickly, without waiting my 
forgiveness, tells the awful story. He waited, but not 
long ; for in a few moments my clothes were on, and we 

" * The corporal,' said Jacobi, ' told me that, as soon as 
the commandant arrived, the general would be shot, and 
his daughters bundled into the street as they stood a 
punishment for all traitors and their brood. 

" ' Now,' said Jacobi, ' I thought you'd like to save 
some property for those lovely young ladies, and the 
sooner it is attended to the better, as I think these ras 
cally soldiers will ransack the rooms for booty ! ' 

" We managed to get the assistance of another servant. 
The palace was now all commotion. You had hurried to 
the reception-room to try and see your father and receive 
his last blessing. Hastening to your chamber, I seized 
upon three empty trunks in the ante-room, opened your 
wardrobe, packed all the dresses, and forced your bureau- 
drawer, where I knew your money and jewelry were 



kept. In short, I left nothing of real value, except in 
one bureau, which I had not time to break open. Jacob! 
conveyed the luggage to his own room. JBy the time this 
was accomplished, all was over. You had been turned 
out, and I could not find you, though I hunted all Malaga 
through the entire day and night. 

" The trunks Jacobi succeeded in having conveyed to 
his mother's, where I found a home, in time to go to bed, 
sick nearly unto death. For three weeks I lay burning 
up, knowing no one, and, as Jacobi's mother said, talking 
only of my young mistresses. When my senses returned, 
I came near losing them in real earnest. A recruiting 
sergeant pressed my poor Jacobi into the army. They 
tore him from the house, from his mother and his love, to 
fight against Don Carlos in the cause of Queen Isabella, 
for whom he felt no regard after the murder of his be 
loved general. We wept bitterly, and promised to remain 
true to each other ; but I'm afraid a Carlist bagnet or 
leaden ball will plant Jacobi on these rugged mountains 
where the fighting is going on. Oh, my ! this poor heart 
has had its grief ! " And the honest girl indulged in a 
fresh burst of sorrow. When it had passed, she contin 
ued : 

" This conscripting of my sweetheart threw me back 
into another fever, so that when, at last, it left me, I was 
nothing but skin and bones. Your chests are in the pas 
sage, my dears. , Nothing is lost ; so, come, and let me 
dress you in the new black silks. There is money and 
jewelry among the clothes, and, the sooner I'm relieved 
from the responsibility, the better I will feel." 

Zarah and Carmina were deeply affected by the fidelity 
of Catlena ; but as the good nurse thought their present 


faded apparel should give place to more becoming colors 
under their bereavement, they retired, and left Paul, 
promising not to keep him waiting long. 

"While the young ladies were absent, the smiling land 
lord introduced into the parlor no less a personage than 
Captain Walford. 

" I've called, Mr. Forbes, to pay my respects to the 

daughters of the late General O . They may not 

feel disposed to receive visitors, but I come as a friend 
salvo pudore^ as the learned have it." 

" Their misery, though excessive, is still under control. 
They will, I am sure, be pleased to see you." 

Paul then gave his commander a minute detail of all 
that had happened to the young sisters from the death of 
their father up to the present moment, lie listened with 
rapt attention. "When the narrative was concluded, the 
warm-hearted commander paced the room in excite 

" Poor girls ! " he muttered. " What terrible suffer 
ings ! What heroism and purity of character have they 
not displayed, overcoming apparently insurmountable 
difficulties ! constantia et virtute, as the learned have it. 
But tell me, is the present commandant of this city the 
scoundrel who, lost to all manhood, treated these poor 
children so much like a brute ? " 

Paul assured him he was the individual. 

" And to think, sir, that I called upon him officially 
this morning, and absolutely touched his bloody paw ! 
D n it, sir, it makes my blood boil with* indignation ! 
Had I known of his conduct, international courtesy 
might have gone to the devil before I'd have darkened 


the door of such a brute ! Such a man is hostis humani 
generis, as the learned have it." 

Delivering himself of this quotation with considerable 
excitement, he struck the table a forcible blow, and 
stamped his feet with excessive anger. 

At this moment the door opened, and the sisters, see 
ing an angry stranger in the room, were about to with 
draw, when Paul called to them to enter. He introduced 
his captain, who, he said, was giving vent to a natural 
indignation on learning of the wrongs they had suf 

Carmina blushed, and answered Paul with a look of 
reproach, which faded the moment Captain Walford 
approached, and with tender solicitude expressed his sym 
pathy and friendship. There was such an honest, frank 
manner in this peculiar gentleman, that no one could 
harbor distrust or feel a want of confidence in him a 
moment after the first meeting. 


" I called, my young ladies, to assist Mr. Forbes in the 
duties of friendship. Being a married man, with a 
responsibility, inter nos, as the learned have it, I consider 
a fundamental protection is thus guaranteed by my con 
dition in life. A young gentleman who has not crossed 
the Rubicon may be everything that is pleasing in the 
eyes of the sex ; but a man of domestic character is bet 
ter calculated for a sage adviser. So, my dear children, 
consider me justum et tenacem, as the learned have it, 
with an amount of antique wisdom astonishing to my 
naval buttons." 

The sisters could not but smile at this eccentricity of 
manner and speech ; but he was not unknown to them, as 


Paul had often indulged in humorous descriptions of 
every marked character he had heard of in the service. 

Both girls were now becomingly robed in black. 
Their beautiful countenances, though pale, had lost the 
look of despair which had been so painful at the first 

" I have listened to Mr. Forbes' recital of your suffer 
ings. It would be but a waste of words to express how 
deeply you possess my sympathy. Mr. Forbes informs 
me you have an aunt in Andalusia. Do not misunder 
stand me when I urge your immediate departure for the 
protection of that relative : first, because there is no tell 
ing how far the enmity of that brute, the commandant, 
may yet impel him to proceed ; secondly, our tarry de 
pends entirely upon the contingencies of the weather. 
This gale may cease to blow in twelve hours, and then 
you would be left again unprotected, and forced to trust 
to questionable friends for assistance in departing from 
this city. The landlord informs me the diligence leaves 
at six this evening. I have enjoined his silence in regard 
to your presence in this hotel, prudem futuri, as the 
learned have it. An excellent motto, by the by, and 
should not be disregarded." 

Carmina listened attentively, and, when he had con 
cluded, replied : 

" Your advice accords with my own views. Indeed, 
our maid is already preparing the baggage, and in a short 
time we will be ready to depart. It will pain us deeply 
to be forced to separate so soon from you, Paul, our more 
than brother ! " 

Convulsive sobs from both sisters prevented further 


utterance. After a painful pause of some moments, the 
agitated voice of the commander broke the silence : 

"IVecessitas non habet legem, as the learned have it. I 
can fully appreciate the sorrow that afflicts your young 
hearts, for it is not an ordinary occurrence to meet in 
adversity so true a friend as Mr. Forbes. I will bid you 
farewell for the present, but shall do myself the honor of 
playing the part of guardian at the hour of your leav 

When Captain "Walford departed, the girls and our 
middy gave full vent to their feelings. But one hour 
was left them for the enjoyment of each other's society ; 
and Fate whispered that this parting would probably be 

Thus, in tender sympathy and unreserved expressions 
of endearment, the time passed away. Our friend the 
captain appeared, the diligence was at the door, the lug 
gage secured, and there remained but the last embrace, 
the faintly-uttered, sad farewell. 

The postilion's horn sounded, and the weeping sisters 
were borne by Captain Walford and Paul to the vehicle. 
Crack went the whip, and the impatient horses started at 
full speed, bearing away the sad-hearted girls from 

The landlord positively declined remuneration, nor 
would the ladies receive monetary assistance, as the 
recovery of their chests, through the fidelity of the 
devoted Catlena, placed them above want. 

Ere the diligence started, Paul engaged one of the 
guard, for a handsome consideration, to bring a letter 
from Carmina announcing their safe arrival. The man 
promised to deliver it on the following evening. 


Sadly, yet with a feeling of proud satisfaction, Paul 
repaired on board, and gratified his friends by informing 
them of the happy results his devoted friendship had pro 

Several of the officers, and among them Paul, were 
invited to a supper-party at the English consul's that 
evening, but the captain and surgeon alone accepted. 



j|URING the mid-watch, Paul paced the deck, his 
thoughts busy with the events of the past few 
days. The gale had not abated, but continued 
fiercely, hurling waves in massive volumes against the 
ponderous mole, over which the foam and spray dashed 
on board, drenching those whose duty rendered it neces 
sary to be on deck. At two A.M., Paul was astonished to 
learn that the captain, so inseparable from his command, 
had not returned. At the conclusion of his watch he 
retired to his hammock, not inappropriately termed the 
" reefer's dream-bag," and no doubt again met Carmina 
and Zarah in those realms of fancy more common to sea 
men than to your sleepers of the land. 

At eight o'clock A.M. the officers, as usual, were gath 
ered, smoking, and lounging about the deck. A carriage 
drove to the mole, from which stepped the American con 
sul, Captain "Walford, and the surgeon. They looked 
grave, and the captain was unusually pale and silent. 
Receiving the official salutes, the three repaired to the 
cabin, and remained in evident consultation for some 
length of time. At last the consul left, and the doctor 



came on deck, with an order that the captain must not be 
disturbed unless a change of weather occurred. 

Something of importance had taken place, and curios 
ity, of course, was excited. It was not for some hours to 
be gratified, except in the case of Paul Forbes, whom the 
surgeon invited to walk with him, as he had a matter of 
moment to communicate. They were not absent long. 
On their return, it was evident that Paul had received 
intelligence that greatly excited him. lie immediately 
opened his desk, and wrote the following letter : 


" I have no language to express my misery when the 
diligence bore you away, and left me alone, standing like 
a statue of silent grief. I felt as if cast by Fate upon a 
wide desert, with nothing around to relieve me from utter 
desolation. Yet, I own I was selfish, and should have 
uttered paeans of joy to think your trials were over, and, 
from scenes of misery, you were hastening to your kind 
aunt, who has no doubt ere this clasped you to her bosom 
and soothed your anguish. 

" I did not intend to write before receiving the prom 
ised epistle informing me of your safety ; but eveets so 
tragic and startling have occurred since your departure, 
and involving so prompt a punishment on your worst 
enemy, that I hasten to impart the history of the affair, 
as related to me by our surgeon, who in his professional 
capacity witnessed the event. I gather the following 
account from his personal statement : 

"Last night the English consul entertained a large 
party of prominent persons at supper. From this vessel, 
Captain Waif ord and the surgeon alone attended. "Whist 


and other games of cards were a part of the entertain 
ment. Our captain, with the French consul as his part 
ner, enjoyed several games. About ten o'clock the com 
mandant of the city entered the room. After greeting 
his acquaintances, he recognized Captain Walford, and 
immediately approached, with extended hand and smiling 
countenance. To the consternation of all present, the 
captain rose from his chair, eyed the Spaniard sternly, 
deliberately folded his arms, and turned his back. The 
insult was both cool and deliberate. The commandant 
flushed in the face, then became deadly pale, and with 
forced composure left the room. 

" The French consul was sent for. He soon returned, 
with a note demanding explanations, and a proper 
amende for what he termed a gratuitous and uncalled- 
for insult, induced, the commandant was willing to be 
lieve, from some unaccountable mistake or misconception. 
Captain Walford called our consul to his side, and 
requested him to inform the commandant that his official 
recognition of him in the morning as a gentleman oc 
curred before he had met the daughters of the late mur 
dered General O , and that American officers never 

grasped the hand of an assassin. 

" ' Of course,' said our consul, coolly, ' you have 
weighed the consequences of such a hostile message, and 
have decided to meet him ? ' 

" A direct challenge, of course, passed, was accepted, 
and the meeting arranged for six on the following morn 
ing. Our surgeon received directions to render his pro 
fessional services on the occasion. In order to relieve the 
party from social trammels, the captain, consul, and doc 
tor quietly withdrew, and repaired to the American con- 


sulate. Here our captain occupied himself in writing, 
and making such personal arrangements as were custom 
ary under the circumstances. The fire-eating consul 
overhauled his ' barkers,' as he termed them, and enter 
tained the doctor with numerous stories connected with 
their history in various like affairs ' when he was younger, 
and more addicted to such social indulgences.' 

" By midnight every arrangement was concluded, and 
both retired to seek a brief repose. 

" At five this morning the three Americans entered a 
carriage, and through a Levant gale drove to the rendez 
vous. They waited but a few moments, when the French 
consul, with the commandant and surgeon, also arrived. 
It seems that the Frenchman insisted that his principal 
should remain with him all night afterwards rather inti 
mating his fears that, if the commandant had been left 
to himself, his action would not have been entirely free 
from treachery. 

" Having accepted the position as second, the chivalric 
Frenchman determined to regulate the affair according to 
his national idea of honor. The paces were measured 
off, and it was easy to perceive that the natural pride of 
the Spaniard alone supported him, but did not altogether 
conceal some trepidation of spirit. On the other hand, 
our captain was pale, but as cold and inflexible as ada 
mant. The antagonists were placed in position. The 
Frenchman won the word, which was to be given in 
Spanish : 'Alerte !fuego ! uno dos tres ! ' 

" At the word ' one,' the commandant fired. His ball 
cut the collar of Captain TValford's coat, but neither star 
tled him nor drew his fire, which he reserved for the 
word 'two.' Scarcely had it passed the Frenchman's 


lips, when a light-bine smoke issued from the mouth of 
the pistol, and was followed by a sharp report, a heavy 
fall, and the murderer of your father lay stretched upon 
the earth, a ruddy stream gushing from a death-wound 
through the breast. The surgeon probed the wound, and 
pronounced it mortal. The body was placed by the sec 
onds in a carriage, and the French consul conveyed it to 
the palace. 

" Ere the seconds left the ground, a declaration, drawn 
up in duplicate, was signed by them, in w T hich the origin 
of the affair was fully explained, and affirming the meet 
ing to have been honorably conducted, and in strict 
accordance with the recognized Code of Honor. The 
French consul promised, to furnish the commanding 
officer with a copy, in order that no personal annoyance 
should occur to Captain Walford. 

" As the late commandant (who died ere reaching his 
residence) was universally detested by both officers and 
men, no trouble was anticipated, nor has any occurred. 
So you see, my dear girls, retribution came from a source 
least expected. The ways of Providence are inscrutable ! 

" Duty now calls me to the deck. For a time, fare 
well. This letter will be completed for the guard, who 
is to bring my anxiously-looked-for epistle. lie returns 
again at six. 

" 3 P.M. I obtained relief from deck, to inform you of 
a more startling piece of news than that already im 

" At one o'clock, an officer, an old friend of your 
respected father, arrived from Madrid with orders to 
assume command of this place nay, more : to arrest the 
late commandant, and try him for forgery, false evidence, 


and other heinous offences. It appears that the friends 
of your father in Madrid, on hearing of his execution, 
insisted upon a careful revision of the evidence by which 
he was unjustly condemned. It resulted in the utter 
repudiation of all the charges, the exculpation of his 
honor, and the exposure of the false evidence forwarded 
by the commandant. 

" The excitement in Malaga is intense. A mob would 
not permit the burial of the dead body of the wretched 
man. When too late, honors are paid to the memory of 
your father. None were so laudatory as the cowardly 
' friends ' who turned his orphan daughters from their 
doors ! One cannot but pity the weakness of poor human 

At four, as Paul was about to leave the deck, a horse 
man, recognized as the courier, rode to the mole. Deliv 
ering a letter, he received the promised reward, and 
pledged himself to return at five for an answer. 

Paul opened, and read : 


" We have arrived in safety. Our reception by the 
kindest and best of kinswomen was all our sad hearts 
could desire. Folding us in her arms, she wept, covered 
us with kisses, and called us daughters of her heart. As 
yet, our sufferings have not been told. The courier 
waits ; he can give us but a few moments' time, so it 
must be employed in pouring forth our gratitude and 
affection for you. God in heaven bless you ! is the 
prayer of your devoted sisters, 



" P. S. We will send you a letter to Gibraltar, in care 
of your consul, with directions to forward to America if 
your vessel does not toucli there." 

Paul concluded his letter in time for the courier. The 
gale gradually expended its wrath, and every one thought 
the schooner would be enabled to sail in the morning. 
At four A.M. a light breeze blew from the hills overlook 
ing Malaga. Daylight, with rosy tints heralding the 
coming sun, appeared in the eastern horizon. Sail was 
made, the hawsers hauled on board, and instantly the lit 
tle craft departed from the harbor. When some ten 
miles away from the mole, a calm the usual successor 
of a storm left them helpless 011 the Mediterranean Sea. 
And thus they lay for three days, drifting about at the 
mercy of every " cat's-paw." 

On the morning of the fourth day a favorable African 
wind ruffled the sea, and bore the schooner swiftly on 
towards Gibraltar, where, at night, she arrived and an 

On the following morning the consul sent on board 
many communications. Paul became the recipient of 
one from his gentle Malaga sisters. It breathed eternal 
affection and never-ending gratitude. The commandant 
of Malaga had reinterred the remains of their idolized 
father with military honors, and had issued orders for the 
erection of a suitable monument to his memory, and 
restored his confiscated property to flic rightful heirs. 
Thus, as far as a repentant Government could do honor 
to the dead and justice to the living, all in its power was 

Paul answered the letter, and, ere nightfall, the dim 



outline of the crouching lion of Gibraltar faded like a 
shadow amid the broken clouds of the eastern horizon. 

"When the sun rose on the following morning, no classic 
land loomed up, and the long, rolling seas of the Atlantic 
told a new story. 





WENTY-NINE days of light winds and gen 
erous breezes, storms, and calms, found the 
schooner Shark passing between the frowning 
forts of Monroe and the Rip-Raps. A few hours, and 
the little craft lay snugly moored at the sheers-wharf of 
Gosport Navy Yard. Officers and men were permitted 
to go on shore, a watchman of the yard becoming the 
custodian of the vessel until the following day. 

High in spirits, the reefers disentangled themselves 
from their crowded lair. The sight of oysters in every 
style of cookery brought to memory scenes of old de 
lights, beautiful maidens versed in naval lore, picnics to 
the Dismal Swamp, and those genial flirtations so often 
ending in partnership for life. 

Paul dined with his commander, who had recovered 
his elasticity of spirits and regained his old quaint humor 
under the influence of Norfolk's surroundings. 

" Well, Mr. Forbes, although you have run the gaunt 
let of the Mediterranean, it does not follow that you will 
so easily escape the fair damsels of this city, where heart- 

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disease among young officers is a permanent epidemic. I 
feel for you dominus vobiscum, as the learned have it." 

A merry twinkle of his eye bespoke amusing reminis 
cences, and Paul determined to draw him out. 

" I presume, in the early days of your naval career, 
you have often fitted out and sailed from this port ? " 

" You are right, my lad. For many months have I 
messed with thirty or forty reefers on board of the old 
Macedonian, before she was torn up and the new ship 
built. Wild boys they were wilder than the present 
generation, though, as now, jollifications and love-makings 
formed the principal part of their nomadic existence." 

" Were the young ladies of those times as pretty and 
interesting as of the present day ? " 

" Mr. Forbes, a leopard cannot change its spots, neither 
can a Norfolk girl be otherwise than beautiful and d d 
dangerous. At school, their first-class reader is ' Dorsey 
Lever.' Every communion-Sunday they study the Navy 
Register ; and when standing on the ' Bridge of Sighs,' 
with spooney midshipmen by their sides, they become 
instructors of astronomy, nautical romance, and the ab 
struse science of knotting and splicing. Ex uno disce 
omnes, as the learned have it. Their real and personal 
estate can be summed up in a few words : Pompey, 
oyster-tongs, and a piano. With these endowments, they 
launch upon the ocean of hymen, weather matrimonial 
cyclones, and raise recruits for the service. The only 
' objection to them, according to my view, was the inevita 
ble piano, and disposition to capture one nolens volens, as 
the learned have it. In days gone by (I do not believe 
times have changed much), the arrival of an eligible mid 
shipman one who studied hard, and promised well for a 


single number in his date became fair game. There 
was no infringement of delicacy, but as a waif on the sea 
of events, liable to be wrecked or stranded, he was 
regarded. Humanitarian mothers formed their daugh 
ters into benevolent societies, with the special object of 
leading the unsophisticated reefer into Paradise and res 
cuing him from single wretchedness and Billy-Pughs. 
The combination rarely failed. Bright eyes, dulcet 
songs, and unrivalled tactics, soon won the prize. The 
examination over, he became a passed midshipman and a 
Benedict, all in the space of one revolving moon in time 
E pluTibus unum, as the learned have it. In my day, 
sir, one could not wander through the fashionable streets 
at night without hearing from every respectable parlor 
the jingling of a piano or twang of Spanish guitars. I 
have heard the ' Captive Knight ' and his grief from 
twenty separate voices, in passing along. That, though, 
did not indicate the presence of a reefer ; but if the 
song, perchance, should be ' Beats there a heart on earth 
sincere,' ' The last link is broken,' or ' Come, rest in this 
bosom,' the outside party knew full well some reefers 
were caged, and undergoing the process of conversion to 
the true faith. Many a young gentleman has landed in 
this nautical city nattering himself with the idea of being 
an iron-clad, and impervious to the rifle-eyes of the Nor 
folk belles. Poor, deluded w^retch ! the bolts of Venus 
soon pierce his armor, make him douse his colors, and 
surrender at discretion." 

" But, sir, how came you, and so many others, to es 
cape ? " 

" In the most sanguinary conflicts, many live. All 
wounded do not die." 


" Then I may infer that, while weathering the storms, 
you suffered in your spars and rigging ? " 

"Rem acu tetigisti, as the learned have it. My initia 
tion into the labyrinth of Love's primeval bowers having 
occurred at so juvenile a period of my reefer apprentice 
ship, there is nothing disloyal to Mrs. Walford (the choice 
of my matured, and, I believe, happier fancy) in the rela 
tion of my young experience. By the by, French keeps 
royal old wine ! Like himself, it improves on age and 
frequent testing. So, pass the sherry ! Talking much 
induces thirst ; and you know the old hackneyed adage, 
in vino veritas, as the learned have it. 

" Well, sir, at the mature age of fourteen I became a 
midshipman in the navy. Orders to the sloop-of-war 
Peacock brought me up to this place. I was messed on 
board the receiving-ship, among a party of sentimental, 
guitar-playing, lady -killing midshipmen. The association 
was peculiar, and their influence directed my course. 
Though very young in point of fact, I fancied myself 
quite a man, and expected the same consideration from 
ladies that they extended to gentlemen of maturer years. 
They laughed at my precociousuess, yet encouraged my 
weakness. The personal esteem I thought I inspired flat 
tered my vanity, and brought serious ideas of matrimo 
nial indulgence into my foolish pate. A young and 
pretty girl of fifteen, who fancied herself a lady at the 
age of discretion, became the object of my fond adora 

" The passion was returned, and my attentions (I after 
wards learned) afforded intense amusement to the father 
and mother, who threw no obstacles in the way of what 
they considered innocent amusement. But we were seri- 


ous. Every Sunday I attended mass with her, the family 
being among the very few respectable Catholics of the 
place ; and, though just as much of a Protestant bigot 
myself from education, the difference of faith, so far, did 
not disturb our mutual attachment. I danced with my 
love, carried her satchel to school, wrote amorous notes, 
and exchanged locks of hair which, as you know, Mr. 
Forbes, is all in the programme of love-making. Early 
every morning we walked in the square together, making 
love and vowing eternal fidelity. At last we emerged 
from the poetic present, and indulged in practical antici 
pations of the future. The moment I had passed my 
examination (the matrimonial starting-post of Norfolk), 
Susan was to be mine. 

" What gorgeous aerial palaces we reared, and peopled 
with our darling progeny ! Susan seemed to think all 
this quite natural ; but at the culminating point she 
paused, and was buried in reflection. I questioned with 
anxiety this sudden silence. Winding her arms around 
my neck, she softly whispered : 

" ' Robert our our children must be reared in my 
faith as Catholics ! ' 

" ' Oh, no, Susan ; that would be unfair ! ' 

" ' But, dear, I insist upon it ! ' 

" ' Well, do not let us disagree, but compromise. The 
girls shall be Catholics, and our boys Protestants.' 

" ' Indeed, sir, I cannot consent to such an arrangement.' 

" { If so, I will not budge one inch from this resolve.' 

" { Then, sir, we will consider the engagement broken.' 

" ' As you please, miss.' 

" In silence and anger we left the romantic square. I 
escorted her to the paternal mansion. She entered with- 


out a word, and I repaired on board, indignant, yet ex 
ceedingly miserable. That day rny notes, lock of hair, 
ring, etc., were returned to me, and she demanded back 
her own. Appetite left me. Moody and wretched I 
paced the gun-deck, regarding myself as the most ill- 
used man that ever wore the Government uniform. An 
old midshipman became my confidant. lie perused my 
letters, pretended to sympathize, but betrayed me to the 
mess, whose butt I became for many months. 

" I made one cruise, then another. Time worked its 
perfect cure in more respects than one. My egotism van 
ished, and thoughts of matrimony troubled my brain no 
more for many years." 

" Did you ever meet with your first love again ? " 

" Yes ; some six years after, at the White Sulphur 
Springs. I was dancing in a cotillion. My vis-d-vis, a 
sprightly, dashing lady, seemed to be afflicted with an 
overwhelming amount of humor, and her laugh and looks 
indicated that I was the object of this mirth. It annoyed 
me. I examined my dress and my boots, arranged my 
cravat, and ran my fingers through my hair, fearing there 
might be something wrong or ridiculous in my apparel. 
It was of no use. Mischief gambolled in her eyes, and 
every time she caught my confused looks, Mr. Forbes, 
she absolutely roared. 

" ' Confound the woman ! ' I said to myself. ' If she's 
married and has a husband, he shall answer for this im 
pertinence ! ' 

" The dance concluded, I led my partner to her seat, 
and, in no good humor, started for the punch-bowl, to 
soothe the irritation to dignity. A gentle hand fell upon 
my shoulder, and a merry, musical voice whispered : 


" ' Oh, no, Susan ; the girls may be Catholics, but our 
boys must be reared in my faith, as Protestants ! " 

" The recognition was instantaneous. Her husband 
joined us in the laugh, and three jollier, merrier people 
never recalled youthful absurdity with greater gusto." 

Paul laughed very heartily, and thanked the captain 
for his anecdotes, observing that, as soon as his detach 
ment arrived, it was his intention to proceed to Balti 
more, where the board would meet, and apply himself 
diligently to study, carefully avoiding feminine seduc 
tions until the fiery ordeal was over. 

As it was time for the play to commence, Paul bade 
adieu to Captain Walford, and proceeded to the venera 
ble Avon Theatre. The performance was execrable, the 
audience slim, and he left in disgust. Stopping at Billy 
Pugh's (of memory famous), bivalves on the half -shell, 
w r ashed down with juleps, brought midnight, and the 
well-known cry : 

"Walk up, gem-urn! de las' boat a-gwien o-var 

a-gwien o-var ! " 

He was ferried across by the African Charon. The 
Portsmouth boarding-house gained, profound sleep invig 
orated his body ; and when called to breakfast, the land 
lady had no cause to accuse him of a want of appetite. 

The schooner was dismantled. Orders came to pay off 
the crew and place the officers on leave ; with the excep 
tion of the midshipmen, who, entitled to an examination, 
received instructions to report in Baltimore at the expira 
tion of three weeks. 

All midshipmen appearing before the dreaded tribunal 
were required by law to present not only journals, but 
also letters of approbation from the different captains 


under whom they had served. Captain "Walford without 
hesitation gave his midshipmen the desired documents, 
all of which savored of his peculiarities. The following 
he handed to Paul Forbes when bidding him a cordial 
farewell : 


"NORFOLK, VA., June 10, 18. 

" This is to certify that Midshipman Paul Forbes has 
served with me on board of the United States frigate 
Nautilus, and also on this vessel, under my command. 

" I consider him to be merum sal, as the learned have 
it, and richly entitled to the especial consideration of the 
Naval Board of Examination, who, in passing him with 
high distinction, will act pro bono publico, in accordance 
with the expressions of the learned. These judicious 
convictions are hereby submitted, and I have the honor 
to be, 

" Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 

"Lieut. Comdg. U. 8. HT. 

" To the Honorable Members of the 

Naval Board of Examiners, Baltimore, Md" 

The recipients of like certificates were highly amused ; 
but, being aware that Captain Walford's idiosyncrasy 
was well known in the service, in which he was highly 
esteemed, they concluded to present them. 

Paul arrived in the Monumental City, and prudently 
secured a quiet boarding-house, where, undisturbed, he 
could devote himself to those preparations the ordeal of 
examination demanded. His zeal was unabated until the 
meeting of the board and the gathering of the class, 


amounting to some seventy anxious and expectant aspi 
rants for professional advancement. 

Proceeding to the Exchange Hotel, where the examina 
tions were to take place, before reporting, he tarried in 
the ante-room, to glean, if possible, some information as 
to the character of the officers who were to fix his status 
in the navy. 

A classmate by the name of Taylor, who unfortunately 
failed on his first trial, and was now about to embrace his 
last chance, offered to enlighten him. 

" Well, Forbes, as you are a stranger to the ' bilgers,' I 
can post you from personal knowledge. 

" Our President is * Quicksilver Jimmy,' known to 
fame in our last struggle with John Bull. The natural 
gallantry and astuteness of his character is marred by 
impulsiveness and an unfortunate tendency to sudden 
prejudice. If his first impressions are favorable, no one 
is kinder or more considerate ; but if, on the contrary, 
a prejudice is conceived, his ferret-eyes and crockery- 
smashing voice will promptly enlighten your anxious 
mind that that ' Jordan is a hard road to travel.' 

" The second investigator of professional fitness is 
' Garlic Billy.' Once he enjoyed reputation as an officer 
and seaman. Excessive piety, subsiding into fanaticism, 
has despoiled him of every genial attribute. He may be 
considered as but an echo to the capricious ' Tartar 

" Our third Triton is ' would-be literary C ,' who is 

deaf as a ring-bolt, but kind-hearted and incompetent. 
Profess to court the Muses, and demean yourself as if 
convinced he hears you ; then, the heJm, though called a 
' monkey-tail,' will elicit an approving smile. Through 


the blessings of his fractured tympanum I trust to 
weather the breakers and obtain a safe offing. 

" Number four looms up before my alarmed fancy like 
an ancient Venetian headsman, bloody, decapitating axe 
in hand, vulture eyes gleaming with anthropophagi fero 
ciousness, as he slaughters reefers without satiety. 

" The heart of Jack G , our royal Bengal tiger, was 

constructed out of lignum-vitse. If anything harder ex 
isted, Nature would have used it. Strange to say, his 
voice is devoid of harshness; it is moderate, low, and 
alarmingly clear, as it pierces through you. Neverthe 
less, every inch of him .js the accomplished seaman. 
" " The junior is * Handsome Charlie,' the Beau Brum- 
mel of the navy. A more chivalric or high-toned gentle 
man never broke a biscuit. Professionally well, he can 
handle a ship ; but, Paul, I rather fancy marlinspike is 
not his specialty. 

" The professors are two in number : Mr. "W and 

good old Don R . Of the former I have nothing to 

say that is flattering, only, that he certainly is no offshoot 

of the mathematician of Syracuse. Don R is the 

residuum of a noble original. Night suppers, garnished 
with liberal libations of whiskey, have somewhat de 
spoiled the tine old fellow of that professional reputation 
so well deserved in days now vanished. His honesty and 
impartiality no incidental weakness can obliterate. Fresh 
and serene, he will now control his branch of the exami 

" There, I've given you a faithful sketch of the 
immortal seven who are to decide upon the relative 
merits of seventy anxious aspirants for naval glory and 


" I suggest that you report without delay. Jimmy is 
an exacting individual." 

Accordingly, Paul appeared before the officials, pre 
sented his orders, registered his name, and departed with 
out cause of complaint. 

Sedulously continuing his studies, the ante-room was 
only occasionally visited, to observe the condition of his 
name on the " roaster." While there, he witnessed with 
considerable personal interest the feverish anxiety with 
which all entered the examination-room, and not unfre- 
quently, with much pain, the look of anguish that marked 
the return of unfortunates. No announcement of the 
result was needed ; it was invariably impressed with joy 
or sorrow on the different countenances. They received 
congratulations or sympathy from their companions, who 
were free from jealousy or petty feelings. 

In the regular course of rotation, Paul's turn arrived. 
Armed with his journals and certificates, and feeling the 
importance of the trial, the reefer subdued his emotion, 
and entered with quiet self-possession. The veteran com 
modores perused his letters, and appeared to be consider 
ably amused over that of Captain Walford. 

The " Bengal Tiger " muttered savagely that he had 
never known an officer who indulged in Latin to be worth 
his salt as a seaman. 

" Well, sir," said Jimmy, with some asperity of man 
ner, " if, perchance, that officer ever performs duty on 
your quarter-deck, you will find a man of ability, whose 
professional knowledge is second to none in the service." 

" It would be an anomaly," responded the Tiger. 

Handsome Charlie warmly remarked : 

" Lieutenant, or Captain Walford, with a few harmless 


eccentricities, is a naval expert of the highest order of 

Here the dispute ended. The president turned Mr. 
Forbes over to the tender mercies of the Bengal Tiger, 
and his trial commenced. Answering the first general 
questions, he proceeded to launch his ship, masted, rigged, 
bent sails, stowed the hold, got in and mounted guns, 
received powder, shot, and shell, stationed officers and 
crew, got under way, and proceeded to sea. 

" Hem 1 " ejaculated the Tiger, " very good, if it is 
parrot-like 1 " 

Paul mastered his indignation, and bowed politely, 
determined that the harsh examiner should not confuse 
him. Departing from the general published systems, the 
Bengal Tiger proposed original and difficult questions, 
which the young gentleman answered promptly. All the 
accidents that could be conceived by a seaman's brain 
were hurled at Mr. Forbes, who exhibited so much readi 
ness in his answers that he won the attention of the 
entire board. Knotting, splicing, bending cables, and 
tending ship at single anchor (the commodore's specialty), 
the reefer proved himself perfectly familiar with. 

The last question propounded related to the hoisting of 
all a frigate's cutters when under way, and pressing 
through the waters under some critical necessity. Paul 
quickly comprehended the bearing of the question, re 
membering that, during the late war with England, the 
Tiger, as sailing-master of a famous frigate, by his thor 
ough seamanship, when the wind rose, saved all her 
boats, that had been towing, to escape from the chasing 
squadron of the enemy. He answered accordingly. The 
vulture-eyes softened ; vanity triumphed. A smile of 


pleasure irradiated the stern countenance, and the Tiger 
actually complimented a midshipman ! 

This section of the ordeal concluded, Handsome Char 
lie examined the reefer's knowledge of practical gunnery, 
but with so much courtesy that Paul felt perfectly at his 

Navigation and its adjuncts wound up the score. The 
don put Paul through the phases of Bowditch. They 
navigated the trackless ocean, and passed to the glittering 
stars and fickle moon. Charts were projected, instru 
ments explained, and the professor expressed his perfect 

While the certificate was under preparation, Tartar 
Jimmy, whose prejudices were favorable, asked a few 
questions on international law. The document was duly 
signed, congratulations were offered, and Paul left the 
" lemon-squeezers," to receive the hearty greetings of his 

The board completed their labors, rejecting twenty- 
eight unfortunates. Some, it was thought, passed by 
especial favor. Out of the number who failed, but one 
case excited a murmur of disapprobation that of Henry 
Logan, who came from the woods of Michigan, and in 
personal appearance resembled a grizzly. His face was 
not inaptly compared to a nutmeg-grater. With awk 
ward figure and an ungainly manner, the first impression 
he gave was by no means favorable. All these deficien 
cies faded from sight as he conversed, for his mind was a 
magazine of knowledge and an engine of great power. 
His admiring friends had exhibited much solicitude for 
his success, and only feared his rough appearance might 
militate against him. 

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Paul, influenced by sincere regard, volunteered to aid 
him in all things. The offer was accepted, and when the 
process of improvement began, it excited no small amount 
of amusement, and particularly with Logan himself. 

" I have no objection to your putting me through a 
course of sprouts," said he, " but, Paul, my friend, rest 
assured of one thing: all your ability, backed by your 
friendship for me, will never convert Henry Logan into 
the most remote approach to a JVarcissits poeticus" 

Forbes drilled him in his profession, in attitudes and 
graceful movements, governed his diet, carefully inter 
dicting anything that would stimulate, applied cosmetics 
to his ruffled face, and in two weeks so completely revo 
lutionized his countenance and improved his movements, 
that his friends hardly knew him. 

The day of trial came. Zealous friends assisted him 
to dress with taste ; and when fully rigged, for the first 
time in sixteen days a looking-glass was allowed to him. 
Long and earnestly he gazed upon the image reflected 
therein. An expression of astonishment was pictured on 
his countenance. At last, shaking a fist at the mirrored 
face, he exclaimed : 

" Is that me ? or is it some trick of fancy, appearing 
to torment me into the absurd belief that Henry Logan 
is, after all, a good-looking fellow? Now, if this will 
only last long enough, I will marry a fortune, and live in 
Paris ! " 

At the appointed hour Logan appeared before the 
board. No aspirants of the entire class were better post 
ed, or more perfectly competent to triumph, under the 
most searching investigation of a just examination. 

Unfortunately, Garlic Billy had been his commander 


when the frigate lay in the harbor of Lisbon. While at 
the mole, in charge of one of the ship's cutters, a drunken 
English chaplain insulted him so rudely that he pitched 
him into the Tagus. Garlic Billy brought Logan to trial. 
The evidence of English officers acquitted him ; but his 
fanatical captain could not forgive or forget this rough 
handling of a parson. 

The prejudice worked to Logan's disadvantage with 
the board, in spite of the manly effort on the part of 
Handsome Charlie to secure justice and sustain merit. 
So warmly did he express himself, that the president, 
Quicksilver Jimmy, deemed it his duty to call him to 

Poor Logan was thus cast out into the cold. Friendly 
sympathy warmed his genial soul, and he breasted the 
storm with manly fortitude, sustained as he was by the 
general acknowledgment of his unrequited merit. On 
the following year, untrammelled by fanatical prejudice, 
he passed with distinction ; and if life had been pro 
longed to him, few officers would have enjoyed a higher 
reputation. A few years later he fell a victim to the pes 
tilential miasma which swept away many noble spirits in 
the long and desperate Seminole war. 





[HEN the board adjourned, Paul proceeded to 
New York, to meet by appointment some South 
ern kinsfolk. His warrant as a passed midship 
man in the navy came to hand, and Paul then felt that 
his cadetship had ended, and that he had won a standard 
position in a profession he so dearly loved. 

With his warrant, other letters were handed to him. 
One, with a coronet-seal and foreign post-mark, he recog 
nized to be from Lord Colfax. It had been written some 
five months previous to its reception, first going to his 
home in Virginia, from thence forwarded to Baltimore, 
and finally reaching its destination in New York. 

The contents were friendly, and gave flattering evi 
dence of the sincerity of Lord Coif ax's esteem. As he 
opened the folds of the letter, a note fell from them, 
which he seized and read with eagerness. It ran as fol 
lows : 


"My father, being much occupied, has intrusted me 
with the sealing and directing of this epistle to you. The 


temptation to write a few hasty lines is irresistible. Tour 
interesting letter from Gibraltar gave my father and 
mother a pleasure which I shared in more fully than they 
dreamed of. Do not fancy that my memory falters, or 
that I will ever forget those happy hours in Leghorn. 
They are engraven on my heart. My dear mother is in 
such delicate health, it has become necessary to leave our 
English climate and seek one more congenial for an inva 
lid. My father has decided upon Madeira, and we sail 
in a few days. How delightful it would be to me, if, 
perchance, duty should bring you to that beautiful island 
while we are there ! I hope at some future day to meet 
you again. Affectionately, 

" KOSE." 

Paul Forbes had been constant in his affection for Miss 
Colfax, though calm reflection convinced him of the bar 
riers that separated them he a subordinate officer in the 
United States Navy, and she one of England's aristo 
cratic beauties. Under these practical considerations he 
desponded, though he could not cease to love. Like a 
youthful romancer, he often indulged in the almost un 
natural expectation that Miss Rose would cling to her 
first affection with fidelity, and eventually triumph over 
every obstacle to the consummation of "Love's young 

This brief and unexpected note from the lord's daugh 
ter excited his hopes and added fresh ardor to his affec 

The non-arrival of the expected friends made time 
hang rather heavily, particularly after his sudden relaxa 
tion from engrossing studies. Theatres cloyed him, and 


all other public places of amusement and general inter 
est ceased to be attractive. Afflicted with ennui, early 
one afternoon he sat in the small balcony of Cozzine's 
Hotel, gazing vacantly at the busy surroundings, and 
dreamingly recalling past associations beyond the At 

Suddenly a cheery, familiar voice dispelled his lethar 
gy. It was Handal's. The young man sprang from an 
elegant carriage drawn by a pair of noble bays. 

" Paul Forbes ! " he shouted, while mounting the steps. 
" It is Paul Forbes, by all the heathen gods ! Aha, my 
boy, I am wild with delight ! It is really Paul, in pro- 
prid persona, as our quaint "VValford would have it. 
God bless you, my dear fellow ! But how thin you look ! 
Did the ' bilgers ' push you hard reject you ? I knew 
they could not ! Phew ! I'm out of wind ! Fat, my 
boy plethoric ! Happiness shortens my breath. Now 
you may speak, while I recuperate my bellows ; for it is 
easy to observe, my powers of endurance have somewhat 
weakened since we floated down the Nile, and rode on 
the back of a pyramid." 

Paul assured Randal it was no more nor less than his 
friend and late messmate who appeared in natural flesh 
and blood. 

" But, Ned, what sudden and inexplicable fortune has 
so enlarged your seven hundred and fifty per annum, as 
to enable you to indulge in this splendid turn-out aye, 
and absolutely to retain it at your will ? " 

" Paul, I perceive you fancy that this is a hired affair. 
Such an insinuation I utterly scorn. Look at me, sir, and 
expire not with astonishment when you learn that your 
optic-rays embrace the veritable owner of the barouche 


aforesaid ! To you this is wonderful, I know ; but New 
York is a city of wonders, and Paul Forbes shall witness 
more. But not a word ! Jump in ! " 

When both were seated, Randal, in a voice of assumed 
sternness, shouted : 

" John ! Home ! You are astounded, Paul, and look 
for an explanation. I shall not gratify you, sir, until my 
ranch is reached ; then, under my vine and fig-tree, the 
grand denoument will be trotted out, amid the acclama 
tions of the assembled multitude." 

The carriage stopped before a handsome mansion. 
Randal leaped out, and lugged Paui with him into the 
house like a wild man, singing out at the top of his 
voice : 

" Emily ! Emily ! Mrs. Randal ! "With all speed 
appear ! I've captured Paul Forbes, my friend your 
friend everybody's friend ! Tottle down, my rose 
bud ! " 

Our hero gazed in bewilderment around the elegant 
apartment, while Randal, laughing immoderately, enjoyed 
his surprise. In a few moments a tall young lady entered 
the room, with a beaming countenance. She did not 
wait for an introduction, but offered Paul both hands 
with warmth. 

" Most welcome, Mr. Forbes, of all friends ! You are 
indeed most truly welcome ! " 

Paul blundered out a handsome acknowledgment, in 
spite of his confusion and bewilderment. 

Recovering from his mirth, Randal, with a great pre 
tence of ceremony, said : 

" Passed Midshipman Paul Forbes, of the United 
States Navy, I have the honor to officially introduce to 

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your distinguished consideration and brotherly affection, 
Mi-s. Randal, of ( soft-soap ' renown ! " 

The announcement excited much merriment, which 
Paul was now enabled to enjoy. 

" Tes, my boy. On my arrival in New York, Emily 
sent for me, remarking she must have her Edward, or 
cease to live. The natural humanity of my disposition 
influenced me to prevent a case of suicide ; and, to save 
life, I sacrificed my independence, and bestowed upon 
this lovely applicant my hand and fortune" 

" Mr. Forbes, you are no stranger to the long-range of 
Mr. Long-Bow ! " laughingly exclaimed the wife. " His 
steerage habits still cling to him. However, you shall 
have the true story, and put this unblushing fibber, if 
possible, to shame." 

" All in due time," said Randal. " The inner man is 
indicating the dinner-hour ; and, as the story is a long 
one, let us fortify for the infliction." 

A pleasant conversation ensued, shortly interrupted by 
the pompous butler announcing dinner. 

Around a luxurious board were seated Mrs. Leonard 
(Emily's mother), Mrs. Randal, Paul, and the ex-passed 
midshipman. Randal had already informed his friend of 
his resignation from the service. 

After the dinner had been enjoyed, a significant nod 
from the host caused the removal of the cloth, and the 
consequential butler placed a decanter of old Madeira on 
the table. Its circulation was prompt, and under its 
genial influence Randal told his story. 

" Well or imprimis, as the learned have it I arrived 
in New York with the floating hospital, reported, was 
soon relieved of all responsibility, and placed on leave of 


absence. Mindful of the modesty of my purse, I put it 
not to the blush, but again moored myself to the old 
boarding-house of tender memories. The only familiar 
face that greeted me belonged to my simple and kind- 
hearted landlady. Those who formerly smiled a friendly 
greeting to 'the captain,' had vamoosed to parts un 

" It is singular, Paul, how, breathing again the at 
mosphere of a place where intense feeling has been 
excited, how nervously anxious one becomes to revive 
that past, and again see each and every locality connected 
with events treasured in memory. 

" My first steps were directed to the mansion of my 
lost Emily. I passed the door; a strange name was 
plated there. Turning the corner, with the shuddering 
desire of gazing at that fatal garden, great was my aston 
ishment to find it had disappeared, and on its site a row 
of stately houses stood. I hurried into Canal street. 
The flourishing grocery was gone, and had given place to 
a large dry-goods establishment. No one in or about 
those premises could give me any information about Mr. 
Leonard. The ' City Directory ' never crossed my mind. 
All inquiries failed, and, with a feeling of despondency, 
I believed my Emily to be lost to me forever. Strange 
as it may seem to you, Paul, I felt confident she would 
not forget me, nor cease to love me, in spite of paternal 

" Society I tabooed ; excursions were detestable. By 
chance, I made the acquaintance of a gentlemanly actor, 
lie was a man of merit, interesting, talented. We be 
came intimate. Through him the green-room was 
reached, and the tinsel-heroes of the drama became my 


principal associates. One evening, Forrest, in Othello, 
drew me to a proscenium-box, kindly secured by my 
actor-friend. I had no desire to witness the farce, and 
as my friend had ended his services for the night as Cas- 
sius, I accepted an invitation to accompany him to his 
rooms for the enjoyment of oysters and brandy. He 
resided some distance up-town, to avoid interruption and 
temptation from his studies. The night was cool, and 
the air braced me like a tonic. I enjoyed the walk, the 
association, the supper and its libation. At midnight I 
bade this kind friend adieu, and was retracing my foot 
steps to my solitary chamber. 

" I had progressed but a few streets, when the cry of 
1 Fire ! ' startled me. Bells rang, and engines rattled 
over the pavements. Listlessly I followed the direction 
taken by the firemen, and arrived at the scene of confla 
gration. Two buildings were wrapped in flames. Ap 
proaching quite near, my attention was suddenly arrested 
by the agonizing shrieks of a woman in distress. She 
was wringing her hands with agony, calling on the fire 
men, in a voice of 'anguish, to save her daughter. One 
of the hardy firemen replied : 

" ' Too late, my lady ! too late ! No one could enter 
that house and escape a dreadful death ! ' 

" The impulse to dare perchance to save came over 
me, and, rushing to the suffering mother, I asked : 

" * What chamber does your daughter occupy ? ' 

" ' Oh, tJiat, brave sir ! that one on the second story, 
to the left ! ' she exclaimed, in agony. ' Save her, for 
the love of God ! ' 

" Throwing off my coat and tossing it to the distracted 
mother, I said : 


" * My name is Edward Randal. If I am never seen 
alive again, it will be because I perish in the effort to 
save your daughter.'' 

" While I was dashing through the crowd to reach the 
ladder resting on the designated window-frame, an effort 
was made by the firemen to frustrate my intent. Push 
ing me back, they exclaimed : 

" ' Madman, you will throw your life away to no pur 
pose ! Do you think, if the girl could be saved, we 
would not do it ? ' 

" Enraged at the interruption, with unnatural might I 
hurled them back, and began ascending the ladder- 
rounds. ' Down ! down ! down ! ' cried the frightened 
multitude. ' Pull him back ! pull him back ! lie's 
mad ! ' 

"Nerved to desperation and steerage chivalry, dear 
Paul, I pushed on towards the window. The roar of 
voices was hushed ; nothing was heard but the howling 
of the flames as they hissed like fiery serpents around the 
devoted building. I reached the window, smashed in the 
sash, and sprang into the room. I found a young woman 
lying senseless on the floor. Clasping her in my arms 
just as the flames burst into the room, I rushed to the 
window. Inky smoke darkened my means of escape. 
' O God,' I ejaculated, ' give a breath of air, that we may 
be saved ! ' An answering gust of wind cleared the 
atmosphere. I saw the ladder-rounds. Amid falling 
cinders and the shouts of the multitude I slowly and cau 
tiously descended. Oh, how my heart beat with joy and 
pride as the danger was gradually left behind ! 

"When some eight feet from the ground, I felt the 
ladder move. Down, down it settled, and then followed 

KAtrrtLus. ' 

a dull, hollow, unearthly sound, making the very ground 
to quiver as the huge building sank to its burning foun 

" I bore my burden, I knew not where. Voices blessed 
and cheered me. A woman kissed me frantically. I 
heard no more. Human endurance was exhausted. I 
swooned upon the pavement. 

" The revival of consciousness brought with it excru 
ciating torture. My hands, arms, neck, and body m-ro 
swaddled in bandages. My parched lips showed the 
raging fever within. By my bed stood a physician, feel 
ing one exposed pulse, and giving, in a low tone, medical 

" ' Where am I ? and what has occurred ? ' I ex 
claimed, feebly. 

" ' Be quiet, Mr. Randal,' said a gentle voice ; ' the 
doctor forbids conversation. Rest assured, the preserver 
of my daughter's life is very dear to me ; and nothing 
that gratitude can accomplish will be neglected to assuage 
your suffering and bring back health.' 

" An anodyne was softly administered by a tender and 
delicate hand so softly and gently, that it made me long 
to view the ministering angel. The room was deeply 
shaded, and only left the imagination full play. Had 
this occurred while we were in Europe, I certainly should 
have fancied some lovely princess was my nurse. 

" For days my bodily anguish was dreadful. Gradu 
ally the pain diminished, and my appetite returned. 
When the first signs of hunger manifested themselves, I 
mentally exclaimed, ' Ned Randal, you are all right, my 
boy, particularly if your beauty is not spoiled ! ' I asked 
for a light. They feared for my eyes ; but so urgent 


became my importunities, that they reluctantly withdrew 
the curtains. 

" Standing by my bed, in all her beauty and freshness, 
was my beloved Emily ! (Pardon the flattery, my dear ! 
The theme is exciting as well as romantic, and I must 
indulge in the poet's license.) With a shout of joy, I 
would have jumped out of bed to embrace her. Gently 
restraining the impulse, she pressed her lips to mine, and 
murmured, ' Edward, you rescued me from an awful 
death ! My life henceforth is dedicated to your happiness ! ' 

" It was a brief interview, Paul, but so replete with 
bliss, that I felt like one rescued from the tortures of the 
damned, and transported to P'aradise. 

" In brief, my friend, from that time my improvement 
was rapid. I could soon enjoy an easy-chair, and quietly 
listen to an explanation of all the events that had fol 
lowed my unconsciousness. Mrs. Leonard said that, 
when I had rescued Emily from the burning house, I 
fainted. A friend and neighbor of hers, seeing my con 
dition, and learning that I was the hero of the night, 
caused me to be conveyed to her house. 

" In time, the damages caused by the fire faded, and 
' Richard w r as himself again.' Emily explained every 
thing that required explanation. Her father fancied 
neither me nor my profession, and regarded my associa 
tion with his daughter as likely to disrupt some of his 
preconceived plans for her future. Discovering what he 
deemed to be improper conduct in the garden-scene, he 
used it to enforce the writing of the letter that termi 
nated our association. Fortunately, her departure for the 
country caused the loss of my package, and the impudent 
response never reached its destination. 


" Twenty months ago the old gentleman suddenly died 
intestate, leaving a large and untrammelled estate. Com 
ing into the possession of an ample fortune, Mrs. Leonard 
moved to a more congenial section of the city, and into 
the mansion from whose destruction by fire her daughter 
Emily was singularly and providentially rescued by her 
lover ; for, in spite of all my vagaries, the soft-soap lassie 
ever truly reigned queen of my heart. 

" During my illness, Mrs. Leonard purchased and fur 
nished this house as a wedding-present not to Emily, 
but for her Salamander. 

" Restored to health, I demanded my reward. Emily, 
like an honest debtor, paid my bill, and I receipted it at 
the sacred altar. Never having observed a cloud upon 
her brow, I flatter myself Emily is a happy wife. Are 
you not, my dear ? 

" Pass the rosy, Paul. I see my story has moistened 
all eyes. A sure cure is, to moisten the lips with the 
mellow juice of the grape. We will dissolve into a 
mutual admiration society, and drink to 'our noble 
selves.' " 

The genial reunion was startled by a loud ring of the 
front-door bell. In a few moments the butler announced, 
in a loud, pompous voice : 

" Mr. and Mrs. Pembrook, nurse, and infant." 

Rapturous was the greeting. Mrs. Randal and her 
mother had met the Pembrooks at Saratoga, and, conse 
quently, introductions were unnecessary. 

lenze appeared to be the personification of happiness. 
Her bliss was reflected in the countenance of her manly 
husband, as he returned her gentle glances of faith and 


The old friends and new gathered around the board, 
and the sparkling epernay flowed freely as the gentlemen 
recalled the scenes of the past, and listened with earnest 
sympathy to Paul's narration of the sad tragedy which 
closed his romantic association with the beautiful sisters 
of Malaga. 

Although earnestly solicited to remain, Paul declined 
accepting his friend's hospitality for the present, and, 
bidding, the party good-night, went musingly to his hotel. 




X the following morning our young gentleman 
was aroused from his deep slumbers by the loud 
voice of Randal at his door. 

" Hallo, Rip Yan "Winkle ! Paul Forbes, arouse thee, 
my jolly sailor-boy ! Do you intend to caulk away ad 
infinitum, as the learned have it ? " 

When the bolt was withdrawn, Randal rushed into the 
room with his usual boisterous manner. 

" Well, old fellow, are you aware that it is four bells ? " 
(ten o'clock.) 

" No, Randal ; I have slept too profoundly to be con 
scious of any knowledge of time. Sit down. I'll soon 
be rigged, and ready for my breakfast." 

" Well, dash ahead ! At twelve o'clock I propose to 
take Pembrook and yourself to the navy yard. Though 
no longer a member of the national aquatic fraternity, I 
regularly, from old custom, visit the yard on the first of 
every month. Would you believe it, Paul, that, after my 
marriage, and divorce from the navy, I called on the 
purser from force of habit on pay-day ? The old chap 
gave me a month's pay, as had been his wont ; but on my 
leaving, he was reminded that I was no longer an officer 
in the service. He became quite irate, and was on the 


point of having me arrested as a swindler, when I re- 
entered his office and returned the check, with an apology 
for the confounded absence of mind that caused me to 
commit such an absurdity. Old Banyan looked dubious, 
and was about to indulge in some expressions of anger, 
when a general laugh at the oddity of the circumstance 
disarmed him, and we parted very good friends. Though, 
if I had left the yard without restitution, there is no 
doubt I would have enjoyed an acquaintance with the 
Tombs which would have effectually cured me of my 
nautical idiosyncrasy. It is hard, Paul, to wean one's 
self from Uncle Sam's milk, after passing so many years 
in his nursery." 

" That was just like you, Randal ! And I should not 
be astonished at any time to hear of your visiting some 
sea-bound frigate and assuming charge of the gun-deck, 
merely from absence of mind and force of habit." 

" You are unusually slow in donning your rigging, my 
boy. Such was not your way in the other days ' when we 
went courting.' Bear a hand and titivate ! In the mean 
time, I will con over the morning Herald" 

" Gracious heavens, this is terrible ! And our ac 
quaintances, too ! " 

" What is that ? " asked Paul. 

" I'll read. It is a paragraph from the London Times : 

" ' We are shocked to learn, from the statement of the 
only surviving officer of the ill-fated Antelope (the full 
particulars of whose loss we published yesterday), that 
among her unfortunate passengers were Lord and Lady 
Colfax and daughter. This melancholy intelligence is 
authenticated by the arrival of the steamer Banshee, as 

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she brings letters confirming the departure from Madeira 
of the distinguished persons whose unhappy fate we an 
nounce to-day.' " 

Paul sank upon the sofa with a heart-rending groan, 
and gave way to excessive grief. 

Randal looked distressed and confused. 

" Indeed, my dear fellow, I had entirely forgotten your 
great interest in the Coif ax family knew there was quite 
an intimacy with the daughter when in Leghorn, but 
thought it a mere boyish fancy, long ago washed away by 
the Levanter spoon-drifts. Pardon my carelessness about 
letting out this sad news. I am very thoughtless." 

His friend sobbed bitterly, and Randal felt that conso 
lation was beyond his power, and that in solitude the suf 
ferer would find the best relief. lie left, promising to 
call again in the course of the day. 

Some time elapsed before Paul acquired sufficient com 
posure to again mingle among the kind friends who lav 
ished sympathy upon him in endeavoring to mitigate his 

Finally, he bade Randal and his family farewell, and 
returned to his home in Virginia ; the great physician 
Time alone having the power to heal his sorrow. 





j OME six months have elapsed since Paul parted 
from his friends in New York, a portion of 
which time he passed with kinsfolk in the valley 
of Virginia. -His sojourn at home was interrupted by a 
turn of happy fortune, that, like the magic carpet of 
Prince lloussain, transported him to London, where we 
now find him right royally domiciled in Grosvenor 

At this moment he is engaged in the perusal of a 
novel, written by a friend, in which Paul Forbes figured 
conspicuously as one of the dramatis persons. Over 
his shoulder, also interested in the manuscript, leans a 
graceful lady, Avho interrupts the reading with a musical 
laugh, and exclaims : 

" Why, my dear husband, your friend has consigned 
me to a watery grave, giving as his authority for my 
summary disappearance from the pages of ' Nautilus,' the 
London Times. It is evident the gentleman is but a 
chance reader of that distinguished journal, for he seems 
to be ignorant of its having, at a subsequent date, resur 
rected me in the most flattering manner nay, more : 
heralded with a flourish of trumpets my happy passage 


of the matrimonial Rubicon. You must add a final 
chapter, Paul, and let the romantic and sympathizing 
readers learn that your Leghorn sweetheart is not a mer 
maid, wandering through the coral caves of Neptune's 
wide domains, dressed in sea-weed and adorned with 

" Your indignation is very natural, my dear," said 
Paul ; " but the offence is excusable when it is consid 
ered that my friend resides in Richmond, Virginia, and 
.was no doubt ignorant, until recently, of your rescue 
from the Antelope, and change of name. With your aid 
the chapter shall be written, as the curious always like to 
hear of marvellous escapes." 

" It is certainly rather a novelty in literature," said the 
young wife, " for one of the characters in a book, who 
has been consigned by the author to an untimely grave, 
to reappear, and in her own person tell her story. It 
must be done, however' and if your friend does not 
fancy the addition, he can launch his craft as he pleases. 
The history of my rescue from the Antelope must be 
related in iny own way, and as briefly as is possible when 
a woman is the narrator. 

" The steamer Antelope, in which we sailed from Ma 
deira, was considered a stanch vessel, well commanded 
and officered. For forty-eight hours the weather was 
delightful, but during the night of the second day a fear 
ful storm arose, that severely tested the ship's capacity. 
However, no alarm was felt until the following night, 
when the passengers were aroused by a crash under the 
stern, and the vessel falling off into the hollow of the 
waves, where she rolled frightfully and was boarded by 
heavy seas. We soon learned that the racing of the 


engine had broken the shaft, and the propeller was conse 
quently wrenched from its position. It was some time 
before sail could be set to bring the steamer head to sea, 
and then the whispered report of a leak produced great 

" The vessel pitched fearfully, and it w r as next to im 
possible to stand without support. About two in the 
morning, Mr. Hardy, the chief officer, whispered to my 
father that the steamer would founder in a short time, 
and desired him, without excitement, to come with his 
family to the starboard after life-boat. We were soon 
seated, and firmly secured to the thwarts. To the appall 
ing oci-scene were added the shrieks of the passengers. 
All the efforts of the captain to dispose of them judi 
ciously among the boats utterly failed, and a scene that 
beggars description was enacted amid the howling of the 
storm and sinking of the vessel. 


" Mr. Hardy labored incessantly to collect those as 
signed to his charge, but without success. Only four of 
the unfortunate passengers besides ourselves could be 
induced to enter the life-boat. Two seamen attended the 
falls, and one the gripes, all secured with life-lines. 
(You see, Paul, my adventures have taught me some 
smattering of seamanship.) 

" While waiting with the hope of saying others, the 
ship gave her last death-lurch, and disappeared, amid 
cries of agony too awful to describe. Our boat was torn 
from the davits by a rolling sea, and away we were borne 
on its boiling foam. Death seemed inevitable, for the 
waves broke over us, and nothing but superhuman exer 
tions on the part of our brave crew relieved the boat 


from water when temporarily becalmed between the 
mountain seas. 

" As the bailing lightened the life-boat, the air-tight 
compartments floated her buoyantly, and all felt that 
there was yet hope. Mr. Hardy steered with skill, and 
to his seamanship, under Providence, were we indebted 
for our miraculous escape. 

" When the dull, leaden day dawned, nothing was to 
be seen but wild billows and murky clouds. Towards 
noon the storm moderated, and gleams of blue sky broke 
through the gloom overhead. 

" ' The hurricane has done its worst,' said Mr^Iardy, 
speaking for the first time since leaving the Antelope. 
' With the blessing of Heaven we shall yet reach the 
shore, or be taken up by some passing vessel.' 

" A murmur of thanksgiving was uttered by the de 
spairing and half -drowned party. By three in the after 
noon the aspect of affairs had much improved. The sea 
subsided, and the sun shone forth with cheering warmth 
upon our shivering party. Later, the wind moderated 
sufficiently to enable sail to be set, and our helmsman 
headed northeast, expecting, unless rescued, to reach the 
coast of Ireland. 

" ' We certainly have great reason to be grateful to 
God for His merciful protection ! ' said my father. 1 1 
trust we may soon be picked up by some friendly bark,. 
before suffering conies in the form of starvation and 

" ' Do not distress yourself on that score, my lord,' said 
Mr. Hardy. ; Under every thwart you may observe well- 
secured breakers of water. In the air-tight compartments 
I have stored provisions for at least twelve days. As 


soon as the sea abates, they can be produced without dan 

" Before sunset the circular tops of the tanks were un 
screwed, and, to our delight, blankets, meat, bread, and 
wine were brought forth. It is needless to say how much 
this our first meal in the life-boat was enjoyed. When 
the sun went down, wrapped in the blankets, we sank to 
slumber. Monotonous days were passed in anxious watch 
ing for vessels. Several were observed in the distance, 
and we saw their white sails disappear with a sadness at 
heart which can hardly be described. 

."Mr. Hardy was careful, and catered judiciously. 
When occasional rains occurred, the sail was lowered for 
the purpose of catching water to replenish the supply. 
All danger of our becoming anthropophagi was averted 
by the forethought of the intelligent chief officer. 

" On the morning of the ninth day the sun arose in 
grandeur, marking out an unusually well-defined horizon, 
except directly ahead, where some singular clouds broke 
the sameness of the view. Mr. Hardy gazed upon them 
with earnest attention, and suddenly exclaimed : 

" < Thank God ! land is in sight ! ' 

" Startling indeed was this announcement. 

" ' What land do you think it is ? ' was the general 

" l As for some days we have been headed off to the 
southward by the changing wind,' he replied, ' I am con 
fident that we are running for the coast of France.' 

" The sea was smooth, the breeze strong, and the boat 
rapidly neared the shore. In a short time, to our great 
joy, domes and spires appeared in view. 

" ' How fortunate,' said the mate, ' to make a harbor at 


once ! I have no idea what port it is ; but it matters lit 
tle, so we land in safety.' 

" Numerous vessels passed quite near, and from one we 
learned that our destination was La Rochelle. 

" In a few hours we were settled in a pleasant hotel. 
The relaxation of my nerves after their late unusual ten 
sion brought on an attack of brain fever. While deliri 
ous, the only secret of my life was betrayed. 

" My parents, I afterwards learned, were startled and 
distressed, as their plans for my future were not connect 
ed in any way with Mr. Paul Forbes. 

" In time, by the aid of skilful physicians and good 
nursing, I recovered, and we started for 'home, sweet 
home.' Our advent in London produced quite a sensa 
tion. After numerous congratulations and demonstra 
tions of affection and regard, we settled into our old 
domestic ways, and then I wrote to you, Paul. The let 
ter was placed among others to be mailed. It attracted 
my father's attention, as he recognized the handwriting. 
I was summoned to attend him in the library. Mamma 
was present. 

" ' Rose, my dear,' said my father, * two circumstances 
have occurred which cause your mother and myself to 
fear that you cherish a secret affection. Are we correct ? ' 

" As you may suppose, Paul, I was startled ; but, hav 
ing determined to embrace the first opportunity for mak 
ing a full confession, I spoke out frankly and fearlessly : 

" * You 01*6 correct, father.' 

" ' From your language when delirious in La Itochelle, 
we have supposed that the young American naval officer, 
1 who attracted our friendly regards while in Leghorn, is 
the person oil whom you have bestowed your love.' 


" ' It is even so, sir.' 

" ' But, my child, he was a mere passing acquaintance, 
of but one day's association ! . 

" ' It was quite long enough for me to respond to his 
avowed affection, which has but increased with the lapse 
of time.' 

" ' Rose, I can excuse this romantic episode, but must 
condemn its clandestine feature.' 

" ' It is the first time in my life, dear father, that I 
have withheld my confidence from you and mamma. 
My motive was, to let time test my heart. The trial has 
been made, and developes no change of feeling. In this 
request for an explanation you but anticipate my intend 
ed action.' 

" ' You know nothing of this young gentleman,' re 
sumed my father, l beyond his official position. Love at 
first sight is an absurdity. Be reasonable, my dear child, 
and disenchant yourself of this folly.' 

" ' It is impossible ! I love Mr. Forbes dearly ; and, in 
extenuation of the sudden affection, I have merely to 
urge the example of my honored parents, who both loved 
on first acquaintance, and wisely confided their happiness 
to each other nevertheless.' 

" This home-thrust produced a smile from both parents, 
and thus the interview ended. Some months passed, dur 
ing which time my loyalty to you was taxed in vain. 

" One morning, during breakfast, as usual, the mail 
was " placed before my father. He opened a letter 
stamped ' British Legation, Washington City,' and soon 
became absorbed in its contents. Mamma inquired if his 
communication was more interesting than his breakfast. 

" Smiling, he replied : 


" ' Yes, my dear, for the time of its perusal. But, as 
Rose is interested, she can read it, and spoil her breakfast 
while I enjoy mine, as 

' Tidings doth it bring, and lucky joys, 
And golden times, and happy news of price.' 

" The document was from the British Minister resid 
ing in Washington City, and responded most satisfacto 
rily to certain inquiries as to the character and standing 
of Mr. Paul Forbes. My noble father, affectionately 
considering the happiness of his daughter, withdrew fur 
ther objections, and you were invited to visit England. 

" Thus, love at first sight proved no absurdity, and 
passed as an inheritance to the second generation. And 
now, my dear, you are moored with golden anchors to my 
side, no more to roam, like a stormy petrel, from sea to 

" Many thanks, dear Rose, for thus aiding my literary 
friend ! I am sure he will be grateful." 

" Well, Paul, if he is not, the softer sex will be, as it 
announces that Rose is ' resurrected,' and now the happy 
wife of the ex-reefer Paul Forbes." 

The yarn is spun. Into " ordinary " the Nautilus is 
moored, her dramatis personm discharged. Dismantled, 
and shorn of her beauty, as a hulk she remains, until in 
later days she is repaired for another cruise, not in classic 
seas, but in more familiar waters, where the war-trump 
unhappily sounds, and the Federal blue meets the Con 
federate gray in deadly and unnatural strife. 





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